Saudi-backed forces in Bahrain attack anti-regime protesters
The clashes between Bahraini forces and protesters came on Thursday as hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in several villages. Protesters chanted slogans such as “No, no Saudi Occupier” and “Down with [king] Hamad.”
Reports say protesters blocked the main roads leading to their villages and hurled petrol bombs and stones at regime forces.
On Wednesday, demonstrations against the ruling Al Khalifa regime in Bahrain as well as the Saudi regime were also held in the island of Sitra, located east of the capital Manama.
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.
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