Bahrain swoops on radical group

AFP-JIJI

Bahrain announced Thursday the arrest of leading members of the radical Shiite opposition February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition, an influential clandestine cybergroup accused of links to Iran.

The group has been the main driving force behind a Shiite-led uprising that began in 2011 to demand more rights from the ruling Sunni dynasty. The Interior Ministry said the group’s spiritual leader is Hadi al-Mudaressi, and he “provided divisive sectarian support to the organization.”

Al-Mudaressi’s office in Baghdad rejected the accusations, saying, “The allegations . . . are nothing more than a masquerade . . . aimed at muddying the waters and hurling accusations against the (Shiite) majority . . . of Bahrain who demand their legitimate rights.”