Bahrain Live Blog
Bahrain - Jan 19, 2012 - 12:26
Bahraini police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse protesters who were attempting to hold a banned demonstration in Manama, the main Shia opposition group Al-Wefaq reported.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.
Security forces prevented the small groups of people, who were chanting anti-regime slogans and demanding democracy, from reaching the Ras Rumman diplomatic quarter in the capital's business district, the source said.
The authorities said on Tuesday that they were prohibiting the demonstration, called by the Shiite-led opposition, for security reasons.
Al-Wefaq's website also called for another demonstration to be held in a suburb of the capital on Thursday, the same day an air show is to begin in the tiny Gulf kingdom.
The incident comes just days after King Hamad introduced constitutional reforms that give more power to the elected parliament, but fall far short of the demands set down by the opposition.