Parliamentary speaker: Iran not to tolerate genocide against Bahraini people
Iran will not tolerate the genocide against the Bahraini people, Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani said in an interview with the Al-Arabia television channel, the Javan newspaper reported.
"Iran, as one of the most influential countries in the region, will not tolerate military intervention and bloodshed in Bahrain caused by other countries," Larijani said.
He said the regional countries cannot calmly observe the massacre of the Bahraini people, which is encouraged by the United States.
Thousands of opposition launched protests in February. The protesters, most of whom are Shiite Muslims constituting 75 percent of the population of Bahrain, demand expansion of the rights and influence in the country run by Sunni Muslims. Seven people were killed and hundreds were injured during the police's crash with protests.
Over 1,000 militaries arrived in Bahrain from Saudi Arabia on Monday to ensure public order. The militaries arrived in the country under the mission of the Cooperation Council of Arab Gulf States (CCG), comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. Opposition forces have regarded the appearance of the troops in Bahrain as "the occupation."
The King of Bahrain signed a decree on Tuesday to introduce an emergency state for three months due to the continuing civil unrest. The same day, the Shiite opposition in Bahrain sent an appeal to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon demanding an immediate intervention in the events taking place in the kingdom, and the withdrawal of foreign troops.