Bahraini forces destroy signs marking martyrdom anniversary

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Bahrain's security forces have destroyed signs marking the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra, the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him and his pure progeny). 

Local media said Saturday security forces removed black flags and banners put up in public places to commemorate the occasion overnight.

Hazrat Fatima is an enormously revered figure, especially for Shia Muslims who view her as the foremost role model for women.

Apart from being Prophet Mohammad's daughter, she is the spouse of Imam Ali, the first Imam of Shia Muslims, and the mother of Imam Hassan and Imam Hussein, the second and third Shia Imams. 

Her martyrdom anniversary is marked every year in several countries, most importantly in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon and Pakistan.  

Religious events held by Bahrain's majority Shia Muslims are a regular target of regime forces in the tiny archipelago in the Persian Gulf.   

Several Shia mosques and religious gathering places have been razed to the ground since 2011 when a popular uprising broke out in the country.