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Iran clerics slam massacre in Bahrain
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 18:50:40 GMT
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Gathering of senior Iranian clerics in the holy city of Qom, Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Prominent Iranian clerics have gathered in the holy city of Qom to condemn the violence used against Middle Eastern Muslims, particularly the massacre of Bahraini people.

“Cracking down on the innocent people of Bahrain takes place with the guidance and support of the global arrogance,” said Acting Representative of the Leader in the Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps (IRGC) Mojtaba Zolnour during the sit-in in Qom on Wednesday.

“Twenty percent of Bahrain's population, who are dependent on foreigners, rule over 80 percent of the country's independent population, and the recent developments in the country are not limited to a certain group,” Fars News Agency quoted the Iranian cleric as saying.

Zolnour added that the development in Bahrain did not have religious or sectarian origins.

The global arrogance justifies the presence of Saudi forces in Bahrain by using sectarianism as an excuse, Zolnour said.

He described the efforts of world powers as futile and said, “The global arrogance cannot prevent Islamic awakening.”

Chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi-Kani was also present in the gathering.

Demonstrators in Bahrain have been demanding constitutional reforms as well as an end to the 230-year-old Al-Khalifa monarchy since February 14th.

Bahraini security forces have been brutally suppressing anti-government protesters. So far, at least 25 people have been killed, almost 100 have gone missing and about 1,000 others have been injured.

The violence against protesters escalated when Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar dispatched their armed forces to the country upon Manama's request to help with the crackdown on peaceful protesters.

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