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    Posted December 29, 2014 by
    SallySaar
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    Who is Ali Salman in Bahrain?

     
    The people of Bahrain and the government have continued to vociferously identify the perpetrators of violence and their objective. Judging by the ludicrous and amusing claims made by BBC, Daily Mail, AFP, OHCHR, NPWJ, NRPTT and other politically biased groups, the current media activity is to portray molotov lobbing at the majority who support the government as a “peaceful and democratic” activity endorsed by Ali Salman.

    The Secretary General of Al Wefaq, Ali Salman, was born in Bilad Al Qadeem. His Iranian mother became a naturalized citizen in 1985 and Salman in 1979. Salman’s late father is believed to be of Iranian decent. His stepfather, thought to be from Saudi Arabia has 12 offspring from Ali’s mother and was the “revolution torch bearer” in his village.

    Ali is infamous for throwing the first stone at a group of western marathon runners in 1994 during a protest. He became a member of the Bahrain Freedom Movement led by Saeed Al Shehabi during self-exile in London. Salman continues to denounce naturalization although not one person in his immediate family is pure Bahraini.

    Ali Salman holds the title for the highest absenteeism earned during his time in Parliament following the 2006 elections. In 2010, he did not run, but nominated candidates. Sources say that whoever he nominated and was successfully elected would be subject to pay Salman 40% of their salary as a token of appreciation. Eighteen nominees were elected, giving him a monthly salary in excess of BD20, 000. In 2011 he stood on a stage at the GCC Roundabout with other shiaa clerics calling for the downfall of the regime, but now denies that Al Wefaq stood against the leadership. Ali Salman travelled extensively to Russia, Europe and South Africa in a bid to gain support and an opportunity to make false allegations against the Bahrain leadership. He is a master manipulator wearing western style suits during visits to the west, to capture attention as a liberal minded politician. His efforts have been futile for the mere reason; his allegations are false! Despite his high-ranking position in Al Wefaq, Salman is not permitted to elect a board member or nominate candidates without the blessings of Isa Qassim – and yet they claim to be democratic.

    A “twelver” shiaa cleric Salman graduated in Qom and admits he relies “on the ruling of Sistani” who he visits regularly. Sistani was born in 1930 to an Iranian mother and unknown father near the Iranian city of Mashad. Millions of shiaa in Iraq and Iran refer to him as the “marja al-taqlid”, their prime “object for emulation” and take his word as law. Appointed by Khamenei, Sistani is the second most powerful shiaa cleric in the world.

    Who is Ali Salman? He is the Spiritual Leader of Al Wefaq who supports sectarian terrorism against the people of Bahrain.

    Sally Saar.
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