0222 GMT May 23, 2022
The rallies took place in several towns on Saturday night, on the eve of the 2011 uprising’s anniversary, with demonstrators chanting slogans against the Al Khalifah dynasty and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah.
The protesters carried pictures of the uprising’s leaders and those killed in the course of the revolution as well as placards vowing resistance until victory. They blocked the streets by setting up bonfires despite heavy security, Press TV wrote.
Bahrain’s main opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, posted the pictures of the rallies on its Twitter account.
The protesters held handwritten posters with messages of solidarity with the families of the martyrs and condemnation of the regime’s repression.
Additionally, the Coalition Youth of 14 Feb Revolution in a statement called on all Bahraini groups and masses to close ranks in order to change the ruling political regime in Manama.
Bahrain was rocked by the popular uprising on February 14, 2011 with tens of thousands demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a democratic system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
They complained about widespread discrimination against the country’s Shia majority.
Manama responded to the anti-regime protests with an iron fist. Authorities detained rights campaigners, broken up major opposition political parties, revoked the nationality of nearly 1,000 people including top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim.
Sheikh Qassim marked the uprising anniversary with a televised speech from the Iranian city of Qom.
He said the determination of the Bahraini people cannot be disrupted by repressive measures of the Al Khalifah regime, Mehr News Agency reported.
A decade has passed since the uprising of the Bahraini people with the aim of implementing radical and serious reform, the cleric said.
Bahraini people will continue the movement with the aim of reform in the country, Sheikh Qassim stressed, adding that the oppressive regime is not compatible with the will of the Bahraini nation.
"None of the intense violence and the imported [Saudi] military and the various methods of torture can silence the voice of the Bahraini people and the opposition."