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- At least 18 arrests
- 60 protests across 40 areas, including Manama
- Heavy police presence deployed
- Several injuries from tear gas and bird shot
- Internet tampered
Protests began Bahrain yesterday at aroundin villages across the country. They continued in a series of waves until late evening.
The demonstrations took several forms, from marches, to human chains, to sit-ins, following guidelines for "cumulative action" released by the February 14 Youth Coalition. A heavy security presence was reported in multiple villages. Although this failed to deter the protesters, it enabled the government to largely contain the demonstrations, buttressed by checkpoints and the barbed wire fences and security barriers police had erected .
By, opposition AlWefaq reported that it had counted 60 protests in 40 different areas. Around , citizens began staging sit-ins outside their homes. At the same time, the Tamarrod (Rebellion) movement called for a protest at Seef Junction. However, the area was under heavy police blockade and the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights reported the arrest of 5 women there. Several demonstrations were also seen in the capital Manama, despite the ban on protests there which was issued by King Hamad last week.