Bahraini protesters call for freedom during a demonstration in the village of Jidhafs, west of Manama, April 27, 2012.
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:36AM GMT
Bahraini regime forces have attacked protesters in the capital, Manama, who had taken to the streets to respond to a call by opposition groups to rally in the city.
Bahraini police forces used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the angry protesters, as they chanted slogans against the Al Khalifa regime.
The calls for new rallies against the Bahraini regime came despite the opposition’s decision to attend a national dialogue with the Bahraini rulers.
A spokesman for the Bahrain’s major opposition bloc, al-Wefaq, said “agreeing to dialogue does not mean that they stop the rallies.”
The Interior Ministry, however, said the march was “illegal,” vowing to punish the participants. "It is illegal to take part in the rally and action will be taken against violators."
Meanwhile, some Bahraini protesters have defied the national talks, saying the regime has failed to meet the demands of the nation. "No dialogue with killers," they chanted.
Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, demanding political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.
Bahrainis say they will continue the anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to the violations of rights is met.