Opposition Supporters Rally In Bahrain Despite Ban


Salon Staff
January 7, 2012 6:36PM (UTC)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Demonstrators are gathering at the headquarters of Bahrain's main opposition party in the island nation's capital despite a government ban.

The Saturday protest in front of Al Wefaq's offices in Manama is a show of defiance by the party, the main backer of the Shiite majority's campaign to be granted greater rights and freedoms by Bahrain's Sunni dynasty.

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Thousands of demonstrators waved Bahraini flags and changed slogans amid a massive security presence.

Bahrain's 10 month-old uprising sees daily clashes between demonstrators and security forces, but Al Wefaq usually refrains from organizing protests unless given a permit.

At least 40 people have died since the unrest began in February.


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