Bahrain clerics slam mosque demolition
[Iran Press TV] Senior Bahraini holy mans have reportedly released a statement, condemning what the describe as 'the shameless destruction of mosques' in the Persian Gulf country by Saudi and Bahraini forces.
"We will not keep silent on destruction of mosques," said the kingdom's top five clergymen, a Press TV correspondent reported.
The clarics emphasized that the events in Bahrain reflect a dark spot in the country's history and described the demolition of mosques and other acts of sacrilege by Bahraini and Saudi troops as a slap in the face of freedoms of religion and ideology.
The signatories reportedly included prominent Shia holy man sheikh Isa Qassim.
Since mid-February, thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have poured into the streets, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's 40-year-plus rule over the country.
On March 13, Saudi-led forces were dispatched to the island at Manama's request to quell the countrywide protests.
According to local sources, dozens of people have been killed and hundreds tossed in the clink so far during the government-sanctioned clampdown on peaceful demonstrations.
Saudi and Bahraini forces have destroyed 25 mosques and 18 mourning halls since the start of the revolution.
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