Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have 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.
Anti-government activists and protesters defied authorities’ warnings and gathered near tourist areas, shopping centers and hotels just west of Manama.
The peaceful rally turned violent after government forces used force to disperse protesters.
Bahrain is in the grip of a revolution which began in February 2011. The regime’s crackdown has left scores dead.
Bahrainis hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the death and arrest of protesters.