|Bahraini woman is beaten while being pepper sprayed in the face.|
People in Bahrain have staged fresh anti-regime protests across the Persian Gulf state to express solidarity with female prisoners.
The demonstrators once again took to the streets in several cities, chanting slogans against the ruling Al Khalifa regime and calling for the release of jailed female activists.
Regime forces fired tear gas and live rounds to disperse the protesters. The assault injured several of the demonstrators.
Manama’s human rights record has come under scrutiny over its handling of anti-regime protests that erupted across the Arab country in early 2011.
Bahrainis demanded political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of Al Khalifa following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.
However, the regime launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states. Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others arrested in the clampdown.
The main opposition group, al-Wefaq, says more than 200 people, including a woman and 19 children, were detained during the regime crackdown on protesters in July.
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