Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Human chain around Bahrain capital

Bahraini anti-government protesters form a human chain stretching around Manama (AP)
The human chain stretched about four miles around Manama, from the country's main Fateh Mosque to the Pearl roundabout (AP)
The human chain is the latest in a string of daily demonstrations which have been held in Manama (AP)

Thousands of Shiite protesters in Bahrain have formed a huge human chain around the capital, Manama, as their campaign to loosen the Sunni monarchy's grip on power in the strategic Gulf nation enters its third week.

No police were in sight as protesters - men and women - held hands to encircle Manama, where Bahrain's Shiite majority has been leading daily demonstrations to end what they say are discriminatory policies and political persecution.

Tensions have been high in the Gulf kingdom, the host of the US Navy's 5th Fleet, since a street battle between Sunnis and Shiites on Thursday left at least a dozen people injured.

Organisers say some members of the Sunni minority joined Saturday's event.

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