Ayatollah Ali Eslami speaking in interview with Mehr news agency condemned Al Khalifa’s raid on the house of Qassim and said "The Bahraini government is a tribe which rose to power due to colonialism. It has taken control of things in Bahrain and unleashes a dictatorial rule over the country’s poor people.”
Bahraini regime forces stormed the cleric’s house in the mostly Shia village of Diraz, west of the capital Manama, and checked the identities of everyone inside the house.
The senior Shia cleric braved the tense atmosphere created by the Bahraini regime and said at the Friday prayers sermon in Diraz that pro-democracy protests will continue unabated in the country.
In the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia covers dictatorial government such as that of Bahrain, he said.
Eslami added "With its American and British advisors, Saudi Arabia defines course of action for the small countries. That is why 70 to 80 percent of the people of Bahrain have taken to the street in opposition to the dictatorship, trying to gain their civil rights.”
"Instead of trying to confront Israel and free al-Quds, Saudi Arabia has dispatched thousands of armed forces to Bahrain to quench the uprising. But they haven’t made any progress and have recently realized that some entities in Bahrain are influential. The Al Khalifa government following Saudi Arabia which arrested Sheikh Nimr, attacked the house of Isa Qassim in order to scare people and make them keep silent.”