Bahraini religious leaders have issued a statement condemning the regime’s ongoing crackdown on dissent which has been intensified in recent weeks. They have also blamed the Manama regime and the UK intelligence agency for the violence in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
Colin Cavell, a former lecturer at the University of Bahrain believes both the UK and US intelligence agencies are responsible for propping up the “unelected dictatorial monarchy” in Bahrain which represses its own people.
“The citizens of Bahrain are put in jail, they are tortured and they are killed. They are virtual prisoners on this island nation and this is supported by these two hegemonic powers in order to preserve their control of the region of the Middle East to have [fleet] basing rights, to have ports for their ships to dock at and to control the oil and natural gas resources of the region,” the academic told Press TV in an interview on Saturday.
He also noted the Bahraini regime sees obtaining finance and weaponry from Britain and the United States as a “green light to continue with its brutal crackdown.”
According to the academic, as long as the Al Khalifah regime is able to act with impunity, it will continue to arrest political and religious leaders, destroy mosques, revoke citizenships, to torture and kill people.
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the kingdom on February 14, 2011.
They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and let a just system representing all Bahrainis be established.
Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.