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Protests continue in Shia-led villages across Bahrain

05/01 22:01 CET

Protests continue in Shia-led villages across Bahrain
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  • Clashes in majority Shia villages
  • * Police use tear gas to disperse crowds*
  • * Bahrain politcally volatile since 2011*

Anti-government protests and clashes with riot police continued in various villages with a Shi’ite majority in Bahrain.

Dozens of protesters came out on the streets wearing gas masks and carrying pro-Shi’ite flags.

Some were seen carrying molotov cocktails and rocks.

Riot police fired tear gas to disperse them.

*Is this just about the executed Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr?

The clashes over the last few days are a direct response to Saudi Arabia’s mass execution on Saturday.

However, there was an uprising in 2011 by the Shi’ite community in Bahrain.

They demanded reform and a greater role in running the Sunni-led country.

It was crushed by the state with help from Gulf Arab allies, including Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain has been politically volatile since that time.

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