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Wed, 04/27/2011 - 13:12
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Bahraini Cleric: Al-Khalifa Regime Serves Interests of Colonialist Powers

TEHRAN,April 27 (FNA)- A prominent Bahraini cleric condemned the country's military forces for using excessive force and violence against peaceful protesters, and said the regime in Manama is serving the interests of the colonialist powers.
"The al-Khalifa regime seeks to secure the interests of the colonialist powers which want to sow discord between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims," Sheikh Adel al-Hannan said.

He pointed out that the arrogant powers have mobilized all their possibilities to suppress the growing wave of Islamic awakening in Bahrain because they are deeply fearful of the culture of martyrdom-seeking which is growing among the Shiites.

The cleric also blamed the US and Saudi Arabia for ordering the destruction of Muslim religious sites and mosques in Bahrain, and said that the regional nations are tired of the arrogant and tyrannical rule of the world powers.

Demonstrators in Bahrain have been demanding constitutional reforms as well as an end to the 230-year-old monarchy, with hundreds camping out peacefully in the capital's Pearl Square since February 14.

Bahraini security forces have been brutally suppressing anti-government protesters. So far, at least 40 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 to help Manama crack down on peaceful protesters.