Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race

Demonstration is first in series of protests planned by opposition in next few days
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Thousands of Bahrainis staged a peaceful march on Friday in the first of a series of protests the Shi'ite-led opposition is planning to hold before next week's Formula One Grand Prix race.\n

\nElsewhere on the island. however, tensions boiled over as Bahraini protestors clashed with riot police following the anti-regime protest in solidarity with jailed political activists and against the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix which will take in Manama on April 21
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Bahraini protestors run away as they are chased by riot police during clashes following an anti-regime protest in solidarity with jailed political activists and against the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix which will take in Manama on April 21, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama
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A Bahraini protestor holds a petrol bomb during clashes with riot police following an anti-regime protest in solidarity with jailed political activists and against the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix which will take in Manama on April 21, in the village of Sanabis
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A Bahraini journalist holds up a sign reading in Arabic: 'We maintain our right to return to our jobs. More than 60 journalists remain laid-off' during a demonstration, organized by people who were dismissed from their jobs because they attended anti-regime protests, outside the United Nations house in the capital Manama
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Bahraini protesters hold up placards during a demonstration, organized by people who were dismissed from their jobs because they attended anti-regime protests, outside the United Nations house in the capital Manama, on April 13, 2013. Many Shiite employees were either dismissed or indefinitely suspended from their jobs in the wake of a brutal crackdown on Shiite-led Arab Spring-inspired protests in March 2011
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Bahraini protesters hold up posters and wave their national flag during a demonstration, organised by people who were dismissed from their jobs because they attended anti-regime protests, outside the United Nations house in the capital Manama, on April 13, 2013. Many Shiite employees were either dismissed or indefinitely suspended from their jobs in the wake of a brutal crackdown on Shiite-led Arab Spring-inspired protests in March 2011
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Bahraini protesters hold up a placards and a banner during a demonstration, organized by people who were dismissed from their jobs because they attended anti-regime protests, outside the United Nations house in the capital Manama, on April 13, 2013. Many Shiite employees were either dismissed or indefinitely suspended from their jobs in the wake of a brutal crackdown on Shiite-led Arab Spring-inspired protests in March 2011
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Bahraini riot police run for cover from petrol bombs thrown by anti-regime protestors during clashes following an anti-regime demonstration in solidarity with jailed political activists and against the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix which will take in Manama on April 21, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on April 13, 2013
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A Bahraini protestor holds a petrol bomb as he runs for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes following an anti-regime protest in solidarity with jailed political activists and against the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix which will take in Manama on April 21, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on April 13, 2013
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A Bahraini protestor holds a petrol bomb as he runs for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes following an anti-regime protest in solidarity with jailed political activists and against the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix which will take in Manama on April 21, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on April 13, 2013