|1000s of Bahrainis demand release of jailed activists||
Thousands of protesters from opposition groups held a demonstration in Bahrain on Friday to demand the release of jailed activists.
The protest march held under the slogan “Freedom and Democracy” was organized after a two-month break in demonstrations in the tiny Persian Gulf monarchy, AFP reported.
It was held near a motorway connecting villages with Manama.
Protesters, including women, waved Bahraini flags and pictures of jailed activists from Shiite opposition groups, the witnesses said.
They carried portraits of Nabil Rajab, a human rights activist sentenced to three years in prison for participating in illegal demonstrations, and placards reading “Free Nabil Rajab.”
“We do not forget the prisoners!” the demonstrators chanted.
Friday's rally follows a two-month ban imposed by the interior ministry to “restore order” after complaints of damage at venues of demonstrations, according to officials.
On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on the peaceful protesters.
According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested in the crackdown.
Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police" in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.
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