Bahrain: Thousands gather to demand an end to Khalifa's regime

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Between 4,000 and 5,000 Bahrainis took to the streets of Al Dair, north of Bahrain, on the second day of a planned week of action. Al-Wefaq society, the main opposition group in Bahrain, planned a whole week of protests ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix.

Men, women and children gathered on Tuesday afternoon to demand the end of the regime and the cancellation of the race. Unlike many protests in the island, this one ended peacefully.

Protesters also demanded the release of political prisoner including rights activist Al-Khawaja who has been on hunger strike for 68 days. They chanted "Down to Hamad". Some waved Bahrain national flag and were seen holding pictures of victims who died as a result of police brutality.

Amnesty International published a report on Tuesday in which it said that Bahrain failed to deliver on promises of political reform after last year's deadly crackdown. In the 58-page report, the Britain-based watchdog said authorities "have failed to provide justice for victims of human rights violations."

"With the world's eyes on Bahrain as it prepares to host the Grand Prix, no one should be under any illusions that the country's human rights crisis is over," said Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa deputy director, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

"The authorities are trying to portray the country as being on the road to reform, but we continue to receive reports of torture and use of unnecessary and excessive force against protests [...] reforms have only scratched the surface," he added.

Photo Courtesy of @SAIDYOUSIF @ALWEFAQ @ Al_Welayah @Waad_bh

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