DUBAI (AFP) – Dozens of Shiite clerics demonstrated in Bahrain on Monday against the detention of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman by the Sunni authorities in the small but strategic Gulf state.
News of the arrest of the Al-Wefaq leader drew hundreds of his supporters onto the streets of Shiite villages outside the capital Manama late on Sunday, prompting clashes with security forces.
Police fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse the protesters, many of whom had gathered in Salman’s home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, witnesses said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The white-turbaned clerics gathered in Imam al-Sadeq mosque in Al-Guful village, brandishing photographs of the detained opposition leader, pictures posted on Al-Wefaq’s Twitter account showed.