News ID: 187661
Published: 0645 GMT February 14, 2017

Protests, clashes as Bahrain marks uprising anniversary

Protests, clashes as Bahrain marks uprising anniversary

Police clashed with anti-government protesters in Bahrain as they marked the sixth anniversary of the tiny island kingdom's popular uprising.

Videos and images posted on social media Tuesday showed masked protesters hurling rocks and other projectiles at riot police, who responded with tear gas. Protesters elsewhere were seen marching peacefully through rain-soaked streets carrying the national flag, AP reported.

Several people sustained injuries on Tuesday morning as Bahraini regime forces fired birdshots to disperse protesters in the villages of Abu Saiba, Shakhourah, and Ma’ameer.

Clashes also erupted between protesters and regime forces in the northern village of Daih, though no immediate reports of casualties and arrests were available.

Elsewhere, in the small north-central village of Bu Quwah, dozens of demonstrators expressed solidarity with distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, who has been stripped of his citizenship and whom Bahraini authorities seek to put on trial on politically-motivated charges.

 As part of the crackdown on dissent, Bahraini authorities have dissolved several opposition groups, including the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society and the Islamic Enlightenment Institution, which were founded by Sheikh Qassim.

Large-scale protests led by Bahrain's Shia majority erupted on Feb. 14, 2011, demanding political reforms from the country's monarchy. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets then, with many occupying a prominent roundabout known as Pearl Square.

Authorities backed by forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates eventually suppressed the protests. The government later agreed to some reforms, but low-level unrest continues.

Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or been arrested since then.



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