Bahrain's Islamic Movement leader said in a message that reform of political structure was the only way to save the country.

Iran Press/Middle East: The Senior Shia cleric, Shaikh Issa Ghasem, said the political structure of Bahrain is suffering from backwardness and a major lag.

He stated: "Even if there is a belief in reform, it must be comprehensive and focused on the relations between the nation and the government, and in this structure, people are the source of sovereignty," Iran Press quoted Shaikh Issa Ghasem.

"The people of Bahrain have created a movement to claim their democratic rights and have sacrificed for this movement. Bahrainis are demanding democracy and insist on it," the cleric stated.

He expressed hope that Bahrain would be in complete safety and human relations would dominate the country.

The leader of the Islamic Movement of Bahrain after being stripped of his nationality and suffering nearly two years in prison was sent to London for medical treatment and in December 2018, he left London for the holy city of Najaf in Iraq.

Shaikh Issa Ghasem recently travelled from Najaf to the city of Mashhad, in northeastern Iran.

Al-Khalifa's regime has since June 2016 blocked the residence of Shaikh Issa Ghasem in Al-Doraz and even prevented the Bahraini people from attending Friday prayers in the area.

Since February 14, 2011, Bahraini people have been holding peaceful protest rallies on an almost daily basis, demanding that the Al Khalifah family relinquish power and let a just system representing all people be established.

They have also been complaining about widespread discrimination against the Shia majority in the kingdom.

Manama has responded to the protests with lethal force, drawing international criticism. 

From 2011 to 2018, Al Khalifa courts convicted many activists who participated in a demonstration for defending freedom of speech and peaceful demonstration. Al-Khalifa regime arrested more than 15,000 oppositions. More than 5,000 people have been tortured in prisons.1700 children have been arrested.

More than 5000 people injured by security forces in peaceful protests.104/213

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