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Bahraini opposition condemns raising unconventional flag over US embassy

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file picture shows a view of the US embassy in Manama, Bahrain. (Photo by Reuters)

A Bahraini opposition protest movement has condemned the latest decision by the United States to hoist a flag, which symbolizes homosexuality, over its diplomatic mission in the capital Manama, saying such a move contradicts Islamic teachings and moral values of the nation.

The February 14 Youth Coalition, named after the date of the beginning of the popular uprising against the ruling Manama regime, denounced the measure as a grave insult to Islamic fundamentals and traditions of the Bahraini people, and aimed at promoting moral depravity in the tiny Persian Gulf state.

It added that Washington has always proven its arrogance through shameful methods, calling on the Bahraini people to “adopt measures against the conspiracies of the US embassy, which are aimed at the propagation of an evil culture contradictory to the sublime principles and values ​​of Islam.”

The opposition movement pointed out that the administration of US President Joe Biden in addition to the US Chargé d’Affaires to Manama Maggie Nardi must know that Bahraini people and revolutionary forces will not remain silent in the face of such a provocative and heinous act, and will demand respect for their culture, customs and traditions.

“We condemn the Al Khalifah regime's silence on this outrageous act, which infringes upon Islamic teachings and has hurt the feelings of Bahraini people," the February 14 Youth Coalition concluded.

Demonstrations in Bahrain have been held on a regular basis ever since a popular uprising began in mid-February 2011.

The participants demand that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

Manama, however, has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent.

On March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to the imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.

King Hamad ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3, 2017.

On April 19, Bahrain’s most prominent cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim said drawing up a new constitution was the only way out of the political crisis in the tiny kingdom, urging the regime in Manama to pursue an agreement with the Bahraini opposition instead of increasingly suppressing the dissidents.

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