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    Bahraini men hold placards bearing the portrait of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, during a protest on May 29, 2016 against his arrest, at Al wefaq headquarter building, in the village of Zinj on the outskirts of the capital Manama.

    UN Chief Deplores Dissolution of Opposition Al-Wefaq Party in Bahrain

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    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemns the dissolution of the main opposition party in Bahrain, the UN statement said on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, it was reported that a court in Bahrain dissolved the Al-Wefaq opposition group and liquidated its funds. The court found that the group started to encourage people to take part in mass protests and incited to violence.

    "The Secretary-General deplores the dissolution of Al-Wefaq, the main opposition political party in Bahrain. The move is the latest in a series of restrictions of the rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of association, and freedom of expression in Bahrain," the statement reads.

    The secretary-general also noted that the dissolution of Al-Wefaq could lead to the escalation of tense situation in the country.

    "He calls for the resumption of an all-inclusive national dialogue in the interest of peace and stability of Bahrain and the region," the statement continues.

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