From Arab News, with thanks to all who sent this in.
MANAMA “” Close to a thousand Bahraini Shiites took to the streets Friday afternoon to protest the publication of a caricature in Al Ayam newspaper that appeared on June 27 depicting Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “manipulating” the results of the recent Iranian elections.
The cartoon showed Khamenei on a graph of the results of the recent presidential election, which was won by the populist Tehran Mayor Ahmadinejad.
It showed Khamenei’s long beard growing on the graph in an upward zigzag, apparently referring to his decisive role in Ahmadinejad’s victory.
This was the second protest to take place in less than a week after hundreds filled the streets on June 28 in front of the newspaper offices in Juffair in the suburbs of the capital Manama carrying pictures of Khamenei demanding that King Hamad intervene to halt what they described as attempts to fuel sectarianism in the community and called on the minister of information to investigate and take actions against the daily publication.
Friday”s protest was larger with the protesters lining up in front of the newspaper offices shouting allegiance to Khamenei and chanting in Arabic “Labbek Khamenei” which means we will answer your call, Khamenei. A large number of the Bahraini-Persian community that lives on the Gulf island also took part in the protest that called once more on the newspaper to issue an apology and on the government to prosecute the newspaper officials for what they described as an attack on the sect and faith…
The newspaper editor in chief, Isa Al Shaiji, had filed a complaint at the public prosecutor against one of the Shiite Islamic leaders leading the protest organization, Sayed Aqeel Al Musawi, accusing him of threatening his safety after Al Shaijii received a letter following June 28 protest from Al Musawi accusing him of being a traitor and that “punishment” awaits him and “his likes”…