Bahraini demonstrators have staged an anti-regime protest rally near the capital despite the ongoing heavy-handed crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protesters in the Persian Gulf kingdom.
On Tuesday, protesters took to the streets in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, and chanted slogans against the ruling Al Khalifa royal family, AFP reported.
Bahraini forces fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.
Bahrainis are expected to stage a nationwide strike on March 14, the second anniversary of a Saudi-led military intervention in their country.
Troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country in 2011 to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on the peaceful protesters.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested.
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.