Shiite Iraqis protest against foreign interventions, violent crackdown in Bahrain
Thousands of Iraqis on Friday rallied in different Shiite cities to protest against the use of force by the Bahraini government to its demonstrators and the military intervention by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni gulf countries, Xinhua reported.
In Baghdad, several thousands of protestors took to the streets in the Shiite district of Sadr city, raising banners condemning the violent crackdown on Bahraini demonstrators and calling on the Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to withdraw their troops from Bahrain.
In Iraq's Shiite holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, hundreds of people held protests demanding what they called foreign troops to withdraw from Bahrain and chanted slogans supporting the Bahraini demonstrators.
Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al- Sistani suspended teachings at religious schools on Friday in a show of support to the Bahraini protesters.
Sheikh Abdel Mahdi al-Karbalai, Sistani's representative in Karbala, during his Friday sermon asked the Bahraini government to stop using violence against its Shiites citizens, and demanded the release of detained opposition leaders in that country.
Protests also broke out in other major cities including Nassiriya, Diyala, Diwaniya, Kirkuk and Basra.
The protestors strongly rejected the foreign interference in the affairs of Bahrain and they said this interference is a clear violation of the will of Bahraini people who want the change and reform.
Some Iraqis even demanded the Iraqi government to cut diplomatic ties with countries that sent military forces to " suppress" the people of Bahrain.