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Bahrainis stage new anti-regime demonstrations

bahrain uprisingBahrainis have staged fresh anti-regime demonstrations despite the ongoing heavy-handed crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protesters in the Persian Gulf country, Press TV reports.

On Sunday, people poured out into the streets in the village of Sitra, southeast of Manama, and chanted slogans against the ruling Al Khalifa royal family.

Protesters also staged another anti-regime rally in Nuwaidrat village, southeast of Manama.

Bahraini forces fired teargas canisters and stun grenades to disperse the protesters. Activists say several protesters sustained injuries as a result.

The Bahraini revolution began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular revolutions that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive demonstrations.

The Bahraini government promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states.

Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries.

A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used excessive force in the crackdown and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.

The protesters say they will continue holding anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.

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