MANAMA — Bahrain's main Shi’a opposition party, Al-Wefaq, demanded on Tuesday last week the closure of military courts set up during a protest crackdown and condemned an attack on the home of its leader.
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In a statement distributed to international newswire services, Wefaq demanded the "closure of military tribunals and the repeal of all their verdicts, the release of all political prisoners and the start of real political reforms" in the Gulf kingdom.
Wefaq, which took part in a national dialogue in July before pulling out, reiterated its demand for an elected government and elected assembly with full powers.
The party also condemned an attack on Tuesday by "security forces" on the residence of its leader, cleric Sheikh Ali Salman, in a Shi’a part of the capital Manama, damaging his car and surveillance cameras.
Two days earlier, the same residence was shot at with rubber bullets and tear gas, it added, while also lamenting a rise in night attacks that have injured people in several parts of Bahrain.
Tensions persist in the nation more than five months after security forces crushed mostly Shia-led democracy protests inspired by uprisings that toppled the autocratic presidents of Tunisia and Egypt.