A Bahraini policeman fires tear gas at anti-regime protesters in the village of Diraz, west of Manama. (File photo)
Saudi-backed security forces in Bahrain have arrested at least 29 protesters in the capital Manama as the regime continues its brutal crackdown on popular protests.
Protesters were arrested on Friday night during mass anti-regime protests held in the capital.
Bahraini activists say regime forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the rally on Friday.
Bahrainis hold almost daily anti-regime rallies to demand the release of political prisoners and an end to the rule of Al Khalifa family.
Bahrain, which is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, has been the scene of anti-regime protests since February 2011 and scores of people have been killed and hundreds more injured in the regime crackdown. Many others, including opposition leaders and human rights activists, were also given long jail terms as part of the crackdown.
On Tuesday, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) stated that the Manama regime has failed to make good on a promise to implement political reforms in the country.
FIDH has also urged the Bahraini authorities to release all political prisoners and to “support the establishment of an international monitoring mechanism… to monitor the implementation of the recommendations” made by the independent commission.
Bahraini protesters hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the death of the demonstrators during the uprising.
The demonstrators say they will continue holding street protests until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.