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Protesters try to block Bahrain business district

Protesters try to block Bahrain business district
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There have been clashes in Bahrain between police and hundreds of protesters who blocked a main highway leading to the Financial Harbour – a key business district in the Gulf region.

The government said it dispersed demonstrators after a group attacked unarmed police.

A banker said protesters had stopped him from entering the harbour:

“They didn’t let me through and they were very aggressive,” he said. “This is not peaceful any more. It’s time for the police to stop this.”

For weeks the small Gulf state has been gripped by unrest.

Many demonstrators remain camped in Pearl Square, the symbolic heart of the protest inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

But there are reports of splits in the opposition movement – between a mainstream which wants peaceful rallies calling for reform, and smaller groups intent on bringing down the royal family with more provocative action.