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Bahraini regime forces attack demos in solidarity with prisoners, martyrs

Regime forces in Bahrain have clashed with people protesting in solidarity with prisoners and martyrs in the run-up to the sixth anniversary of a popular uprising in the Arab country.

Bahraini policemen used tear gas and sound bombs to disperse demonstrators on Sitra Island on Friday.

Similar clashes were further reported in the Bahraini town of Bilad al-Qadim.

Mass anti-regime rallies also took place in the villages of Karbabad, Abu Saiba, Sanabis, Nuwaidrat, and Musalla.

Elsewhere, in the village Diraz, people held a sit-in outside the home of top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim.

Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s dissolved opposition bloc, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, was stripped of his nationality last June over accusations that he used his position to serve foreign interests and promote sectarianism and violence. The clergyman has denied the allegations.

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