Bahrain protests turn violent as demonstrators call for government to resign
Bahrain police run as they try to disperse protestors during clashes following an anti-government rally to demand political reforms on Wednesday. (AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
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Protestors in Bahrain clashed with police on Wednesday after officers used tear gas and stun grenades to break up demonstrators marching towards Pearl Roundabout in the capital, Al Jazeera reported.
The march, organized by the February 14 coalition, was part of an ongoing attempt to push the government into reforming the regime. Pro-democracy protests began nearly two years ago in the Gulf state but so far there have been no changes at the top.
Demonstrators at the Pearl Roundabout in Manama, chanted: "Down with the corrupt government," and "Khalifa resign," referring to Prince Khalifa bin Salman, who has been prime minister for forty years.
Bahrain has been widely criticized for using excessive force on peaceful protestors, including torturing those under detention. In 2011 the Bahraini government's own report found these accusations to be true.
The interior ministry described the protests as: "a group of saboteurs caused [a] riot and blocked roads, requiring authorities to take legal action against them."