In response to government repression Bahrainis hold mass sit-in in Diraz

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Government of Bahrain revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Isa Qassim, one of Bahrain’s most prominent Shia clerics. Within an hour of this announcement, thousands of Bahrainis gathered in the streets of Diraz surrounding Sheikh Isa’s home. The amount of people who gathered in the streets has not be seen since the 2011 pro-democracy protests. It has now been over one week, and the sit-in continues as Bahrainis vow to stand in solidarity with Sheikh Isa and his family. The President of the Bahrain Shia Clerical Council, Sayed Majeed al-Mishal, stated that they “do not want a homeland without Sheikh Isa Qassim.”

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