Bahrain: Hundreds stage peaceful pro-democracy protest in Diraz [PICS]

Hundreds of Bahrainis staged a peaceful protest in Diraz, a village on the north west coast of Bahrain. Men, Women and children gathered to demand the release of political prisoners and for self-determination.

Protesters were seen holding pictures of political prisoners, including Al-Khawaja, a prominent dissident in Bahrain who has been on hunger strike for more than 80 days. Other banners read "Sectarian cleansing in Bahrain". Protesters also chanted anti-regime and pro-democracy slogans.

More than a year after the beginning of the uprising, members of the Shi'ite community protest almost everyday in different villages and cities across the Gulf kingdom.

The majority Shi'ite community say they feel marginalized by the minority Sunni al-Khalifa regime, which has been in power for more than 200 years. Bahrain's Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa has occupied his position for 42 years. The Shi'ite population demand democracy reforms that would reduce the extensive powers of the ruling Sunni Muslim Al Khalifa family.

King Hamad accused foreign media on Wednesday of exaggerating unrest and inciting violence in Bahrain.

According to activists the regime's violent clampdown on pro-democracy protests resulted in the deaths of more than 80 people since the beginning of the popular uprising last year.

Photo courtesy of @DurazYouth and @vendettaBH

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