DUBAI: Dozens of Shiite protesters took to the streets of Bahrain on Wednesday to mark the seventh anniversary of an Arab Springinspired uprising, witnesses said, reporting clashes between demonstrators and police. Protesters, including many women, chanted anti-regime slogans and paid tribute to the “victims of repression” languishing in the Gulf state’s jails, the witnesses added.
Security forces fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrations in numerous villages, while reinforcements were dispersed across the country to prevent the protesters from blocking highways.
Home to a majority Shiite Muslim population, Bahrain has been ruled for more than 200 years by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty The tiny kingdom, located between Saudi Arabia and its arch-rival Iran, has been shaken by unrest since security forces crushed the 2011 protest movement demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister. (AFP)