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Bahrain police break up opposition protest in capital

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Bahraini anti-government protesters face off with riot police on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Ma'ameer, Bahrain.

Hasan Jamali / AP

A Bahraini anti-government protester throws a tear gas canister back toward riot police who fired it on Thursday.

Mazen Mahdi / EPA

Riot policemen open fire on pro-reform protesters in Maamer village south east of the Bahraini capital Manama on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.

Mazen Mahdi / EPA

Pro-reform protesters take cover from tear-gas fired by police in Maamer village south east of the Bahraini capital Manama on Thursday.

Caren Firouz / Reuters

An anti government protester holds a molotov cocktail and rocks during clashes with police after the funeral of Abdul Ali Abdullah in Ma'ameer on Thursday.

Reuters reports: MANAMA — Anti-government protesters clashed with Bahraini police in Manama on Thursday, a rare protest in the capital as majority Shi'ite Muslims try to sustain pressure for more reforms ahead of the February 14 anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising.

Groups of police on foot chased youths through the neighborhood, with police firing tear gas, sound bombs and rubber bullets and youths throwing stones and some petrol bombs. On a stormy evening, the wind blew most of the gas away.

"You mercenaries, get out of the country, you dogs!" one old man shouted after a patrol that passed through the alleys. Shi'ites say the government uses foreign police hires, mainly from Pakistan, who they face in clashes.