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Bahrain - May 1, 2012 - 17:42

Last modified: 1 May 2012 14:42

The AFP news agency reports that while workers in the rest of the world are marking May Day by walking out, in Bahrain, people are protesting that they want to go back to work:

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Shia villages in Bahrain on Tuesday to demand being reinstated in jobs from which they were fired during last year's uprising, witnesses said.

'Returning to our jobs is a right,' read the banners of the protesters who gathered for the May Day rally organised by the February 14 Youth Movement.

The protesters also chanted slogans against Asian policemen, notably Pakistanis, recruited by the kingdom's Sunni rulers.

In Manama, a crowd chanted slogans calling for the fall of the regime at a rally attended by opposition leaders and dozens of supporters, before security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse them, residents said.

Some demonstrators were arrested, they added. The interior ministry said on Twitter that police took 'legal procedures' against the 'illegal rally' after warning the protesters and asking them to disperse.