The presence of Saudi forces in Bahrain is a cruel act of occupation and is in violation of the national sovereignty of a country which should be independent, al-Shayeb said in an interview with Iran’s Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Saturday.
He dismissed as unfounded Riyadh’s claims that Bahrani officials’ request had bestowed legitimacy upon the Saudi military presence in the Persian Gulf state.
The Al Khalifa regime in Bahrain has no legitimacy and the Bahraini people seek the downfall of the regime, al-Shayeb pointed out.
The spokesman for Bahrain’s February 14 revolutionaries further rejected Saudi claims that its forces have entered Bahrain to counter foreign interference and protect its facilities.
The report by Cherif Bassiouni, head of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), dismissed Saudi officials’ claims and reiterated that there is no foreign interference in Bahrain’s developments, particularly by Iran, he said.
Al-Shayeb laid emphasis on the “national and peaceful” nature of Bahrain’s revolution, adding that the uprising is not linked to a specific tribe or religion but is a movement against the Al Khalifa regime in order to restore the rights of the oppressed.
Al-Shayeb stressed that Saudi military interference is not confined merely to Bahrain but has also expanded to Yemen and Egypt with the purpose of preventing nations from achieving their goals of enjoying freedom, independence and prevailing against dictatorial regimes.
He said the Saudi regime is afraid of movements by the Bahraini nation because the Persian Gulf state’s revolution has spilled over into Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province and people in this area are calling for their rights.
On Saturday, Bahraini protesters held a demonstration in the northeastern island of Sitra demanding the withdrawal of Saudi forces from the country.
The demonstrators chanted slogans against the presence of the Saudi military in Bahrain and called for an end to the heavy-handed security response by the Bahraini regime forces to peaceful protests.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist the Bahraini regime in its crackdown on peaceful protests. According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested.
Bahrainis say they will continue holding anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.