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Bahrain Continues Heavy Clampdown on Peaceful Protesters
  Bahraini security forces violently broke-up a protest in the Persian Gulf kingdom's capital, using tear gas to disperse the marchers.
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Wednesday 15 February 2012 11:19
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Bahrain Continues Heavy Clampdown on Peaceful Protesters
Bfnews: Saudi-Backed Bahraini forces attacked anti-government protesters in the capital, Manama, and several villages as demonstrators tried to march towards the site of the iconic Pearl Square.

Bahraini security forces fired teargas at the protesters on the eve of the first anniversary of the country's revolution, arresting dozens of people.

The Bahraini forces also laid siege to several villages across the country, including Bilad al-Qadim near Manama, where heavy clashes erupted between the regime forces and the protesters.

On Monday, Bahraini forces attacked the anti-government protesters who marched from the outskirts of Manama towards the capital, blocking a main highway to the city as the protesters were moving towards the Pearl Square.

Bahraini authorities have warned about participating in opposition-organized demonstrations to mark the first anniversary of the uprising and that security forces will not hesitate to attack the protesters.

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-۴۰-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 more than 1,000 others have been injured. 

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