Hezbollah warns Bahrain of consequences over cleric move

Lebanese Shi'a group criticises decision to remove citizenship from Ayatollah Isa Qassim
Members of Lebanons powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah. (Getty Images)
By Reuters
Mon 20 Jun 2016 06:48 PM

Lebanese Shi'a group Hezbollah on Monday called on the people of Bahrain to express anger at the government's decision to strip a leading Shi'a cleric of his citizenship and said it would bring severe consequences to the country's leadership.

Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, said the move against Ayatollah Isa Qassim, "pushes the Bahraini people to difficult choices which will have severe consequences for this corrupt dictatorial regime". It added that it showed the Bahraini government had reached "the end of the road" in dealing with what it called a peaceful, popular movement.

In a statement, Hezbollah called on the people of Bahrain "to express its anger and rage decisively" because it undermined the cleric's symbolic position.

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