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Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race

Demonstration is first in series of protests planned by opposition in next few days

Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race
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
Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race
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
Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race
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
Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race
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
Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race
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
Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race
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
Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race
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
Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race
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
Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race
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
Thousands stage march ahead of Bahrain F1 race
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