Protesters rallied in Bahrain’s village Diraz, located in the country’s Northern region, on Friday.
The marchers, carrying portraits of Salman and Bahrain’s national flags, also called for the immediate release of all political dissidents currently being held in Al Khalifa regime’s detention facilities.
Similar demonstrations were also staged in other parts of Bahrain, including the village of Musalla, which lies on the western outskirts of the capital, Manama. The protesters stated that they will press ahead with their drive to restore the rights of people and establish democracy in Bahrain.
Last Tuesday, Al Wefaq party revealed that the court has sentenced Sheikh Salman to four years in jail.
The court acquitted Sheikh Salman of the charge of seeking regime change and instead convicted him of other charges, including collusion with foreign governments and instigating unrest.
The Manama regime arrested Sheikh Salman, the head of the country’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, last December, shortly after he called for serious political reforms in the Persian Gulf country following his re-election as the secretary general of al-Wefaq.
The 49-year-old has strongly denied the charges against him, emphasizing that he has been seeking reforms in the tiny island kingdom through peaceful means.
In a statement released last Monday, Amnesty International called on Bahraini authorities to release the prominent Shiite cleric “immediately and unconditionally.”
Amnesty also described Salman as “a prisoner of conscience detained solely for peacefully expressing his views.”
Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the al-Khalifa dynasty.
Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar – were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.
So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured