Police patrolling a street in the village of Karanna, west of Manama, Bahrain, yesterday. After a call from the main opposition party Al Wefaq for a nation-wide strike, protesters blocked streets, preventing people from going to work.
Manama: Pro-democracy demonstrators attacked nine schools, barred students commuting in school buses from accessing their schools and clashed with police in Bahrain yesterday as they marked the third anniversary of Arab Spring uprising.
It was the first of three days of protests called by the Shia-led opposition to mark today’s anniversary as they seek to give new momentum to their campaign for a constitutional monarchy.
Clouds of tear gas billowed from the streets of several Shia villages outside capital Manama as forces attempted to dismantle roadblocks of burning tyres.
Saboteurs closed several schools with metal chains, rods and padlocks, ignited fires on school fences and blocked access roads, Bahrain News Agency said.
With yesterday’s violence, the number of attacks on educational institutions reached 257.
The Ministry of Education condemned blatant acts of sabotage and attacks which also targeted teachers, employees and management in schools.