Bahraini police have arrested nearly 20 anti-regime activists in coordinated raids as part of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown on political dissidents.
According to Arabic-language Lua Lua television network on Tuesday, a number of pro-democracy campaigners were detained in Sitra, located five kilometers south of the capital Manama.
Several other people were arrested in Diraz, Bouri, A’ali, Sanad, and Akar in 24 hours.
The fresh raids came days after a religious event held by Bahrain’s majority Shia Muslims was targeted by regime forces. Security forces on Saturday destroyed signs marking the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra, the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
Local media said on Saturday security forces removed black flags and banners put up in public places to commemorate the occasion overnight. Hazrat Fatima is an enormously revered figure, especially for Shia Muslims who view her as the foremost role model for women.