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Police, opposition protesters clash in Bahrain

A Bahraini protestor gestures towards riot police during clashes on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of ManamaAnti-riot police and protesters demanding the release of Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition leader clashed Thursday for the fifth day in a row, witnesses said. Predominantly Shiite Iran, across the Gulf from Washington’s ally where the US Fifth Fleet is based, has joined calls for the immediate release of the kingdom’s main opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman. Police used tear gas and batons against the protesters, and some injuries and arrests were reported. “Dozens of people… including women and children, were arrested,” said a statement from the Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights.

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