On the one hand Iranian government is pressing Bahrain to respond to the people's demands for change, and on the other is unleashing security forces on the Iranian opposition trying to hold peaceful demonstrations. Iranian opposition leaders, referred to as the "seditionists" by the government, are also being threatened with trials and executions.
Iran tells Bahrain to respond to people's demands
TEHRAN, Feb. 18 (Mehr News Agency) - The Iranian Foreign Ministry has urged
the Bahraini government to avoid resorting to violence in dealing with the
popular demonstrations in the country and listen to people's voice.
An unidentified source at the Foreign Ministry has said the ongoing developments in Bahrain are an internal affair, but called on the Bahraini officials to show restraint toward the protesters and respond to people's political demands.
Iran is deeply concerned about the developments in Bahrain, he added.
On Monday, February 14, the Bahraini opposition inspired by
the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa organized an
anti-government protest in Manama.
The protests continued on Tuesday and Wednesday, and reached a new peak on Thursday.
On Thursday, large crowds of Bahraini protesters poured into the streets of the capital and demanded sweeping political reforms in the tiny Arab state. The protests turned violent as riot police opened fire on protesters.
Iranian Judiciary pledges to put leaders of sedition on trial
TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (Mehr News Agency) - National Prosecutor General
Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has said that the opposition leaders will certainly
stand trial in the future, but arresting them at the current situation is not in
the interest of the Islamic system.
Now it is not politically expedient to arrest the "leaders of sedition" because they will become heroes, but they will certainly pay for their criminal actions, Mohseni-Ejei told reporters on Wednesday.
"They have insisted on their criminal and illegal actions even after the conscientious figures advised and warned them against their actions, so they should wait for punishment," the top prosecutor said.
The main elements behind the February 14 incidents will face
punishment, because they provoked riot and unrest by inviting people to take to
the streets, he added.
Mohseni-Ejei also announced that most of people who were arrested during the protests have been released and those protesters who have committed crimes are still in detention.
Anti-government protesters took to the streets in Tehran on Monday and clashed with security forces who tried to disperse them. Two people were killed and dozens were injured in the clashes.
The incidents provoked the anger of the parliamentarians who called on the Judiciary to arrest and execute the opposition leaders for their political crimes.
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