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American and British activists join all-female protest in Bahrain

Hasan Jamali / AP

Bahraini anti-government protesters, accompanied by two Western activists, sit in a street and gesture toward riot police blocking their way in Qadam, Bahrain, on Friday. The Westerners in front - U.S. activist Medea Benjamin, center right, and Briton Elaine Martha, center left - were arrested along with at least one Bahraini woman during the march, one of several efforts Friday to walk toward the main site of last spring's pro-democracy protests, now a revamped but sealed-off traffic junction in the capital.

Hasan Jamali / AP

A Bahraini anti-government protester gestures at riot police in Qadam, Bahrain, on Friday. Two Western activists were arrested along with at least one Bahraini woman during the march, one of several efforts Friday to walk toward the main site of last spring's pro-democracy protests, now a revamped but sealed-off traffic junction in the capital.

Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters

British activist Elaine Martha forms a victory sign with her fingers while showing her British passport, next to U.S. activist Medea Benjamin (L), as they sit in a police car after being arrested by women riot police for participating in a march to Al Farook Junction, formerly known as Pearl Square, in Budaiya, west of Manama on Friday. Bahrain authorities deported four more foreign activists in the past 24 hours, saying that all four obtained tourism visas but participated in illegal demonstrations, according to the Information Ministry.

Reuters reports:  "These women are protesting peacefully," shouted a woman identified by protesters as U.S. activist Medea Benjamin, wearing a T-shirt that read "Unarmed civilian," as she was dragged away by women police.

A Bahraini woman choking from teargas was also dragged away.

Protesters identified the second detained foreign activist as Briton Elaine Martha. Bahrain has already arrested and deported around eight foreign activists in the past few days.