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    Bahrain opposition party calls for a two-day economic boycott to protest the trial and imprisonment of its leader.

    MOSCOW, January 27 (Sputnik) — Bahrain Shiite opposition party Al-Wefaq has called for a two-day long economic boycott to protest the trial and imprisonment of its leader Ali Salman, Press TV reported Tuesday.

    According to Press TV, the boycott is scheduled to begin Tuesday night. Salman's trial will take place Wednesday.

    The organizers of the economic boycott want to include the closure of all private and state financial institutions.

    Salman was arrested in Bahrain's capital Manama in late December on charges of inciting the overthrow of the regime, hatching anti-government plots by forceful means, and inciting disobedience and hatred, according to the published statement of the Bahraini court.

    Salman's arrest and detention resulted in mass protests across Bahrain as opposition supporters organized large protest rallies demanding their leader's release.

    Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society organized anti-government protests by Shia muslims, beginning in Bahrain in 2011. Shia Muslims, the majority population in Bahrain, protested against alleged discrimination by the Sunni Al Khalifa royal family.

    After the crackdown on protest rallies by the royal family and its ruling party, the Shia opposition left parliament and boycotted 2014 elections.

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