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Clashes between police, protesters flare up in Bahrain

Hasan Jamali / AP

Bahraini anti-government protesters run through tear gas thrown by riot police during clashes Thursday on March 15 in the eastern town of Sitra, Bahrain. The clashes erupted during protests marking the one-year anniversary of a major crackdown on Sitra, an area that has seen some of the strongest anti-government unrest.

Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters

A riot policeman fires tear-gas at anti-government protesters during a protest in the village of Sitra south of Manama on March 15.

Mazen Mahdi / EPA

Police cars are hit with petrol bombs during clashes with protesters in Sitra village, south of Manama in Bahrain on March 15.

Shi'ite Muslims clashed with riot police in villages across Bahrain on Thursday, the anniversary of a government crackdown last year on a pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf Arab state.

Witnesses said youths and police faced off in Shi'ite areas including Sitra, Diraz, Malkiya, Saar, Jidhafs, Tubli and Bilad al-Qadeem, all districts outside or on the edge of the capital Manama.

-- Reuters

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