3/30/2013

Bahrain rocked by fresh protests

Ali Salman says national dialogue must lead to constitutional monarchy
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  • Bahraini women shout slogans as they march during an anti-regime rally in solidarity with jailed human rights activist Nabeel Rajab and against the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix in Manama on March 29, 2013.
Dubai: Bahraini police used tear gas and sound bombs to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters who took to the streets of Manama on Friday, according to witnesses. The protests came a day after Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition group, Al Wefaq, warned of fresh protests across the kingdom unless a national dialogue with the regime leads to real reforms, namely, a constitutional monarchy.
“A peaceful revolution for reforms is our choice,” Al Wefaq chief Shaikh Ali Salman told a party congress late on Thursday in the village of Saar, near Manama, according to a statement received by AFP on Friday.
Witnesses said hundreds of people, responding to calls issued on social networks, took to the streets. Several protesters were arrested, witnesses said, adding that police used tear gas and sound bombs to disperse the demonstrators.
Clashes also broke out in Shiite villages near Manama, and young demonstrators hurled fire bombs at security forces, resident said.