Protests flare in Bahrain after king’s speech

[The United States and its allies are supporting the brutal repression of the people of Bahrain. The United States claims to be for democracy in places like Syria, where the United States has helped to create a bloody civil war, yet the United States supports brutal dictatorships like the monarchy of Bahrain in its crackdown against the people. — New Power]

Protests flare in Bahrain after king’s speech

(AP)

MANAMA, Bahrain — Activists in Bahrain say police have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who took to the streets after an annual address by the Gulf nation’s king.

The sporadic clashes took place shortly after King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa called for unity Sunday in a speech for the kingdom’s national day. They highlight the country’s sharp divides after more than 22 months of near nonstop unrest between the Sunni monarchy and the country’s majority Shiites, who seek a greater political voice.

Acting head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights Yousef al-Muhafedha says hundreds of protesters were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas in a neighborhood near the capital Manama. Elsewhere, masked youths blocked roads with burning tires.

Protest groups are calling for large-scale marches later this week.

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