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Manama - Feb 3, 2012 - 21:58

Last modified: 3 Feb 2012 18:58
Thousands of Bahrainis held a peaceful anti-government protest in a suburb of Bahrain's capital, Manama, demanding the release of political prisoners and political reforms in the troubled Gulf Arab state. 

The march, in a district populated by the Shia majority who have dominated protests over the past year, was organised by opposition parties and approved by police, according to the Reuters news agency.

"Yes to democracy, no to dictatorship" and "We won't forget you, prisoners" were some of the slogans, while the protest leader chanted "No backdown, no concessions".
A helicopter observed the march from overhead and police restricted access to the area.