Fri Sep 23, 2011
Bahrain’s opposition has called for a third consecutive day of anti-regime demonstrations as well as a boycott of the upcoming parliamentary by-elections, Press TV reports.
The opposition further called on protesters to march back to the demolished and heavily guarded Pearl Square in the Bahraini capital of Manama.
The site was the epicenter of massive protests, but was razed to the ground in March.
Manama is planning to hold parliamentary by-elections on September 24 to replace the opposition lawmakers who resigned in protest to the regime’s crackdown on anti-government protesters.
Eighteen Bahraini lawmakers from the main opposition party, Al-Wefaq, walked out of the parliament in February after security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters, killing and wounding scores of them.
Moreover, anti-regime rallies also took place in the city of Sitra on Thursday.
The protesters chanted slogans against the Saudi-backed monarch, demanding an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty which has ruled the country for over 40 years.
On Wednesday, protesters created massive traffic jams in the capital Manama when hundreds of Bahrainis flooded the roads with their cars to send a message of defiance to Bahraini authorities.
The move to bring the traffic in central Manama to a standstill came after the government warned of a harsh response to any attempt at disrupting the by-elections.
Bahrainis have been holding anti-government rallies since mid-February, demanding an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty.
Scores of people have been killed and hundreds more arrested in a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in Bahrain.