Manama: Demonstrators are gathering at the
headquarters of Bahrain's main opposition party in the island
nation's capital despite a government ban.
The Saturday protest in front of Al Wefaq's offices in
Manama is a show of defiance by the party, the main backer of
the Shiite majority's campaign to be granted greater rights
and freedoms by Bahrain's Sunni dynasty.
Thousands of demonstrators waved Bahraini flags and
changed slogans amid a massive security presence.
Bahrain's 10 month-old uprising sees daily clashes between
demonstrators and security forces, but Al Wefaq usually
refrains from organizing protests unless given a permit.
At least 40 people have died since the unrest began in
First Published: Saturday, January 07, 2012, 21:37