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Bahrain Shiites march, clash with police over jailed leader

Bahrain Shiite protesters clash with police, demand release of jailed opposition leader

Bahraini anti-government protesters clash with riot police firing tear gas and shotguns in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Daily clas...
A Bahraini anti-government protester crouches behind a garbage bin as police armored vehicles move through a petrol bomb fire during clashes between p...
A Bahraini anti-government protester stands with a cutout of jailed Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman in tear gas fired by riot police during...
Bahraini anti-government protesters clash with riot police firing tear gas and shotguns in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Daily clas...
Bahraini anti-government protesters throwing stones clash with riot police firing tear gas and shotguns in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 16, ...
Bahraini anti-government protesters run from riot police firing tear gas and shotguns in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Daily clashe...

Mideast Bahrain Clashes

Bahraini anti-government protesters clash with riot police firing tear gas and shotguns in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Daily clas...

Mideast Bahrain Clashes

A Bahraini anti-government protester crouches behind a garbage bin as police armored vehicles move through a petrol bomb fire during clashes between p...

Mideast Bahrain Clashes

A Bahraini anti-government protester stands with a cutout of jailed Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman in tear gas fired by riot police during...

Mideast Bahrain Clashes

Bahraini anti-government protesters clash with riot police firing tear gas and shotguns in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Daily clas...

Mideast Bahrain Clashes

Bahraini anti-government protesters throwing stones clash with riot police firing tear gas and shotguns in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 16, ...

Mideast Bahrain Clashes

Bahraini anti-government protesters run from riot police firing tear gas and shotguns in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Daily clashe...

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Hundreds of Shiite protesters have taken to the streets of Bahrain, demanding the release of the jailed leader of the country's largest opposition group.

Police blocked the main roads, preventing the marchers from getting access to a major highway. The protest started after Friday prayers. Some of the protesters threw Molotov cocktails at the policemen, who responded by firing tear gas and birdshot.

Many protesters carried posters of Sheik Ali Salman, head of the al-Wefaq opposition group who has been jailed for three weeks, accused of inciting violence and calling for the overthrow of the nation's Sunni-led monarchy.

Bahrain has been mired since 2011 in near-daily protests by majority Shiites demanding a greater say in government.

Bahrain is host to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.


Updated : 2021-09-17 15:28 GMT+08:00