TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Bahraini activist condemned the al-Khalifa dynasty for granting citizenship to thousands of foreigners with Arab and non-Arab nationalities in a bid to change the Shiite-majority composition of the tiny island state.
"In recent days, different reports have been released on the grant of Bahraini citizenship to the Arab and non-Arab nationalities," Seyed Abdullah Moussavi told FNA on Tuesday.
"This case has become obvious by the foreign nationals' extensive visits to the Bahraini interior and foreign ministries and then to the department of immigration," he added.
Noting that there are still many people in Bahrain who were born in the country decades ago but are still waiting to receive the Bahraini nationality, Moussavi said, "This is while the al-Khalifa regime grants citizenship to those foreigners who haven’t even met the preliminary conditions to receive it."
In relevant remarks in 2014, Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition party al-Wefaq, said the Manama regime is targeting the indigenous population through the naturalization of foreign nationals.
The Shiite cleric believed the regime policy is aimed at changing Bahrain’s demography.
Salman stated that foreign nationals, mainly from Pakistan, have been recruited as security forces to help the Manama regime crush the popular uprising that erupted in 2011.
According to the opposition bloc, the regime has spent more than $5.3bln to accommodate foreigners over the past decade.
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, hundreds of protesters have been killed, hundreds more have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured and arrested.
Bahrain's Human Rights Center announced in a statement last year that the government has deprived nationality of 200 Bahraini people, including independent journalists, political activists and lawyers.