TEHRAN (FNA)- Security forces in Bahrain violently broke up protests in villages near the capital as the Saudi-backed Manama regime continues suppressing peaceful protests in the tiny Persian Gulf island.
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces injured several anti-regime protesters in fresh clashes with the demonstrators in villages outside the capital Manama.
The scuffles broke out after a large crowd of Bahraini protesters held rallies to commemorate the death anniversary of activist Issa Ghanbar, who was executed over charges of killing a policeman back in 1996.
Earlier on Sunday, the northwestern village of Diraz was also the scene of massive protests in support of detained human rights activists Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.
The protesters demanded the release of al-Khawaja, who was given a life sentence in June last year.
Bahraini demonstrators also took to the streets in several other villages across the country the same day.
Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.
Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.
So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.