Bahrain police fire tear-gas and stun grenades at Shiite protesters
Hundreds of demonstrators broke away from the main rally and attempted to re-occupy Pearl Square, the main stage for last year’s demonstrations. As young people started throwing petrol bombs at the police, security forces declared the rally had ceased to be peaceful and began their own advance, say the authorities.
The original outbreak of anger on February 14, 2011, turned violent resulting in clashes with the police that lasted till March. Up to 35 people died in the uprising. A degree of calm was restored only after Saudi Arabia and the UAE deployed special forces to the Gulf kingdom. King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa declared martial law, but it was lifted it in June.