Feb. 15, 2012
A massive police presence in the Bahraini capital kept protesters from gathering in Pearl Roundabout to mark the one-year anniversary of widespread pro-democracy protests in the island kingdom.
Armoured vehicles lined major highways leading into the capital on Tuesday and sealed off the entrances to villages, some of which became the site of violent clashes between protesters and police that continued overnight.
The village of Sanabis became a focal point, activists said, with police raiding homes and arresting numerous people.
Small groups of protesters did manage to reach the capital, where they were quickly dispersed by riot police wielding tear gas and shotguns.
One of those groups was led by Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, who was briefly detained by police. Witnesses said that officers fired tear-gas canisters directly at the protesters.
At least 30 people were arrested during Tuesday’s protests, activists said, including several American activists working with an organisation called Witness Bahrain.
Two other members of the group were arrested and deported after a protest on Sunday.
‘People keep coming back’
The uprising in Bahrain was crushed last March, when Bahraini security forces – backed by soldiers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf countries – cleared protesters from Pearl Roundabout and destroyed the iconic statue at its centre.
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