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Bahrain Protesters Attack Riot Police, Ministry Says

March 09, 2012

Bahraini protesters taking part in an anti-government rally today hurled stones at riot police, prompting security forces to take action against them, the Interior Ministry said in a posting on Twitter.

“The situation has been dealt with” according to “legal regulations,” the Manama-based ministry said, without elaborating.

Thousands of demonstrators filled Budaiya Highway, responding to a call by the country’s top Shiite Muslim cleric, Ayatollah Issa Qassem, to participate in the protest, organized by al-Wefaq, the largest Shiite group. “The people reiterated their willingness to offer more sacrifices to reach their demand for democracy,” al-Wefaq said in an e-mailed statement.

Tensions in Bahrain persist a year after the government quashed a month of anti-government rallies by mostly Shiite demonstrators.

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