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Bahraini protesters confront police in pro-democracy rallies

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Bahraini protesters confront police in pro-democracy rallies

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Anti-government protesters in Bahrain have clashed with riot police as they tried to renew the momentum for their campaign calling for greater political freedom.

Activists had organised a series of rallies across the country using social media – around 60 were held, most of them peaceful.

However in a village near the capital Manama (where protests are banned) a stand-off deteriorated into a more violent confrontation across a barbed wire fence.

Witnesses said police fired birdshot at protesters and ten people suffered from teargas inhalation.

Bahraini opposition groups are pushing the Sunni Muslim ruling family for more democracy in the Shi’ite-majority nation, calling for a constitutional monarchy and a democratically elected parliament.