Bahraini women wave national flags and hold up a banner reading in Arabic ‘No legitimacy’ as they take part in an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of Manama, yesterday.
DUBAI: Thousands took to the streets in Bahrain yesterday to condemn the arrest of a prominent opposition figure hours after clashes between protesters and police, officials said.
Demonstrations had been called to protest the arrest of ex-MP Khalil Marzooq on charges of inciting terrorism.
The demonstration, west of the capital — in which protesters waved Bahraini flags and chanted “Revolution until victory” and “We will not forget the martyrs” — was peaceful, but came hours after protesters and police clashed in a nearby village.
“Police were the target of a terrorist act of Molotov cocktails being thrown and partly setting on fire a vehicle of law enforcement officers in Shaharkhan village” west of Manama, the interior ministry said.
Also, police used tear gas to disperse small groups of protesters who tried to approach Pearl Square. Witnesses said protesters on Thursday night took to the streets of Manama and nearby Shia villages, chanting slogans demanding the release of political prisoners. AFP