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Further unrest in Bahrain

Protests have continued throughout December in Bahrain, where the latest demonstrations saw clashes between anti-government marchers and security forces. Police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the demonstrators who staged nationwide protests to mark the opposition's 'Martyrs' Day', witnesses said. Martyrs' Day commemorates the deaths of regime opponents in clashes with security forces in the 1990s. Earlier in the month opposition activists held up signs signifying the 1,000 days since the Shiite-led uprising demanding democratic reforms, with large-scale protests occurring throughout the country.

Further unrest in Bahrain
A Bahrain anti-government woman with her face covered in her national flag, stands watching protesters clash with security forces following an anti-government demonstration in the village of Daih, west of Manama, on December 17, 2013. Bahraini police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse dozens of anti-regime demonstrators who staged a protest in opposition areas nationwide to mark the opposition's 'Martyrs' Day', witnesses said. Martyrs' Day commemorates the deaths of regime opponents in clashes with security forces in the 1990s. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
Bahrain anti-government female protesters run for cover as they are chased by security forces (unseen) during clashes following an anti-government demonstration in the village of Daih, west of Manama, on December 17, 2013. Bahraini police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse dozens of anti-regime demonstrators who staged a protest in opposition areas nationwide to mark the opposition's 'Martyrs' Day', witnesses said. Martyrs' Day commemorates the deaths of regime opponents in clashes with security forces in the 1990s. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
A Bahraini female protester bangs on a box containing gas cylinders as she shouts anti-government slogans during clashes with security forces following an anti-government demonstration in the village of Daih, west of Manama, on December 17, 2013. Bahraini police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse dozens of anti-regime demonstrators who staged a protest in opposition areas nationwide to mark the opposition's 'Martyrs' Day', witnesses said. Martyrs' Day commemorates the deaths of regime opponents in clashes with security forces in the 1990s. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
A Bahraini anti-government protester holds a banner reading in Arabic: 'Down with Hamad' referring to Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, during an anti-government demonstration in the village of Daih, west of Manama, on December 17, 2013. Bahraini police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse dozens of anti-regime demonstrators who staged a protest in opposition areas nationwide to mark the opposition's 'Martyrs' Day', witnesses said. Martyrs' Day commemorates the deaths of regime opponents in clashes with security forces in the 1990s. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
Bahraini anti-government female protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police (unseen) during clashes following an anti-government demonstration in the village of Daih, west of Manama, on December 17, 2013. Bahraini police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse dozens of anti-regime demonstrators who staged a protest in opposition areas nationwide to mark the opposition's 'Martyrs' Day', witnesses said. Martyrs' Day commemorates the deaths of regime opponents in clashes with security forces in the 1990s. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
A Bahraini female anti-government protester hits a portrait of Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa with a piece of wood during clashes following an anti-government demonstration in the village of Daih, west of Manama, on December 17, 2013. Bahraini police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse dozens of anti-regime demonstrators who staged a protest in opposition areas nationwide to mark the opposition's 'Martyrs' Day', witnesses said. Martyrs' Day commemorates the deaths of regime opponents in clashes with security forces in the 1990s. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
A Bahraini anti-government female protester runs for cover from tear gas fired by riot police (unseen) during clashes following an anti-government demonstration in the village of Daih, west of Manama, on December 17, 2013. Bahraini police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse dozens of anti-regime demonstrators who staged a protest in opposition areas nationwide to mark the opposition's 'Martyrs' Day', witnesses said. Martyrs' Day commemorates the deaths of regime opponents in clashes with security forces in the 1990s. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
Bahraini women hold placards during an anti-government protest that marks a 1000 days since the Shiite-led uprising demanding democratic reforms in Sunni-ruled but Shiite-majority Bahrain, in the village of Al Shakhurah, west of Manama, on December 13, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
Bahraini protesters take part in a protest that marks a 1000 days since the Shiite-led uprising demanding democratic reforms in Sunni-ruled but Shiite-majority Bahrain, in the village of Al Shakhurah, west of Manama, on December 13, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
Bahraini protesters hold cameras and cover their faces with a mask picturing the face of jailed Bahraini photographer Ahmed Humaidan during an anti-government protest that marks a 1000 days since the Shiite-led uprising demanding democratic reforms in Sunni-ruled but Shiite-majority Bahrain, in the village of Al Shakhurah, west of Manama, on December 13, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
Bahraini protesters take part in an anti-government protest in the village of Saar, west of Manama, on December 6, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
A Bahraini woman holds a portrait for jailed political activist during an anti-government protest in the village of Saar, west of Manama, on December 6, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
Further unrest in Bahrain
Bahraini women take part in an anti-government protest in the village of Saar, west of Manama, on December 6, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)