TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) – Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have raided the headquarters of the country’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, in the capital, Manama.

According to Al-Alam, on Wednesday, the regime forces attacked the building located in Manama’s Qufool area at 1:35 p.m. local time (1035 GMT), Press TV reported.
 
This came after al-Wefaq National Islamic Society said that it is going to continue its boycott of a national dialogue over the Al Khalifa regime’s unending crackdown on dissents.
 
In a statement issued on Sunday, the group said that the recent release of one of its high-ranking officials was not enough to justify a return to the national dialogue.
 
On October 24, a Bahraini court ordered the release of Khalil al-Marzooq, the deputy secretary-general of al-Wefaq.
 
On Friday, thousands of people staged a demonstration near the capital Manama, calling for political reforms in the kingdom.
 
The Bahrainis held the anti-regime protest rally in solidarity with freelance journalist and photographer Hussain Hubail, who has been in Al Khalifa regime’s custody for nearly three months.
 
Police close uprising exhibition
 
Meanwhile, Police in Bahrain stormed an exhibition Wednesday dedicated to the Arab Spring-inspired uprising in the violence-wracked Persian Gulf nation where crackdowns have strained ties between the ruling dynasty and their allies in Washington and elsewhere in the West, AP reported. 
 
The attack could open up new rifts in the small but strategic nation since the exhibition was in a building operated by Bahrain's main opposition group Al Wefaq and the exhibition was opened by its leader, Ali Salman.
 
The raid came two days after the opening of the museum-style hall, which included scenes depicting Bahrain's 32-month unrest, such as protesters killed in clashes, alleged torture inside prisons and demonstrators running from tear gas. 
 
A statement from Bahrain Interior Ministry said the exhibition included "incitement material" and legal action could be taken against the sponsors of the event, which was set to close Saturday. "The theme of the museum irritated authorities as it documents many incident since the uprising in 2011 until now," said Al Wefaq's lawyer, Abdullah al-Shamlawi.
 
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
 
On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protesters.
 
More than 65 people have been killed in violence since Bahraini people launched protests in February 2011 for a greater political voice in the kingdom. Some rights groups place the death toll higher.
 
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