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Second day of protests hit Bahrain

  • A second day of protests has taken place in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain after two people were killed on Thursday.

    A police officer and a 16-year-old protester died in Thursday's demonstrations, which were held to mark the second anniversary of protests against the rule of the country's Sunni royal family.

    On Friday, police resorted to tear gas and stun grenades to disburse thousands of anti-government marchers.

    The rally had been called by opposition political societies calling for a constitutional monarchy and some demanding the ousting of the royal al-Khalifa family.

    The clashes come as the government and opposition begin a national dialogue aimed towards easing tensions in the country, where the majority Shia community is pushing for greater political rights while under the rule of a minority Sunni royal family.

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