The spirited and courageous people of Bahrain still refuse to leave the streets of capital Manama and other cities and villages of the country, demanding a downfall of the Al-Khalifa dictatorial regime.

Bahrain Bahrain's Shiites Al-Khalifa Al-Saud Manama

On Friday, Saudi-backed Bahraini forces fired teargas at people staging a protest rally close to tourist areas near the capital Manama.

The rally against the rule of the Al Khalifa regime was organized by Bahrain's largest opposition group al-Wefaq on Friday.

The peaceful rally turned violent after government forces used force to disperse protesters.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.