- Title: BAHRAIN: Thousands of opposition activists march through streets of Manama
- Date: 1st February 2013
- Summary: MANAMA, BAHRAIN (FEBRUARY 1, 2013) (REUTERS) FEMALE PROTESTERS LINED UP BEFORE THE MARCH START HOLDING A BANNER SAYS IN ARABIC "call of revolution from first to sixteenth of February" and also holding bahrain flags and small hand posters in English and arabic says " I love Bahrain". MALE PROTESTERS LINED UP BEFORE THE MARCH START HOLDING BANNERS AND BAHRAINI FLAGS. MALE PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MARCH. PROTESTERS HOLDING A BANNER SAYS IN ARABIC "call of revolution". VARIOUS OF ANTI GOVERNMENT PROTESTERS MARCHING CHANTING ANTI GOVERNMENT SLOGANS. BANNERS (IN RED) SAYING "we will not retreat" PROTESTERS CHANTING IN ARABIC WITH RAISED HANDS "we remain united" PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNERS AND BAHRAINI FLAGS SAYING IN ARABIC "god is great" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING ANTI GOVERNMENT CHANTS IN ARABIC WITH RAISED HANDS AND HOLDING BANNERS AND BAHRAINI FLAGS. VARIOUS OF FEMALE PROTESTERS MARCHING AND CHANTING ANTI GOVERNMENT CHANTS WHILE HOLDING BAHRAINI FLAGS AND OTHER BANNERS. FEMALE ANTI GOVERNMENT PROTESTERS CHANTING IN ENGLISH AFTER THE SPEAKER "we are the Bahraini nation" YOUNG GIRLS AHEAD OF THE MARCH CHANTING WITH OTHERS IN ARABIC "o Hamad you are responsible (referring to King Hamad of Bahrain). VARIOUS OF FEMALE PROTESTERS MARCHING CHANTING ANTIGOVERNMENT CHANTS.
- Embargoed: 16th February 2013 12:00
- Location: Bahrain
- Country: Bahrain
- Topics: Politics
- Reuters ID: LVAC7VT8A25PQGRNRGS8UD60TGTV
- Story Text: A government authorised protest sees thousands take to the streets of Bahrain's capital Manama.
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched around Bilad al Qadeem and Sehla areas of Bahrain's capital Manama in a government authorised protest.
Holding various banners and Bahraini flags they chanted anti-government slogans. The march took place on a main busy road which was locked down for other traffic for almost three hours during the rally.
The march comes two weeks before the second anniversary of protests which began on 14 February 2011 which led to a violent crackdown.
The marchers called for the freeing of political prisoners, including medical doctors sent to prison for helping injured protesters in the abortive uprising.
Late last year, Bahrain's opposition groups welcomed a call by the Crown Prince for dialogue. But meetings have not started. Bahrain's ruling Al-Khalifa family, who are Sunni Muslims, used martial law and help from Gulf neighbours to put down 2011's uprising, but unrest has resumed.
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