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Bahrain Riot Police Attack Anti-Election Protesters

Manama, December 1 (RHC)-- Fresh clashes have reportedly broken out between Bahraini regime forces and the demonstrators who were out to show their dissatisfaction with the parliamentary elections recently held in the kingdom.

According to reports, riot police fired teargas to disperse the outraged protesters in different regions across the Persian Gulf state, including Sitra, Sanabis, Daih and Ma'ameer. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) said more than 50 people had been detained during the elections, with some of them being tortured behind bars.

On Saturday, the Manama regime held a runoff parliamentary vote amid a widespread boycott by main opposition groups, including the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society. Bahrain's government resigned at the beginning of the new legislative term after announcing the results of the runoff elections on Monday.

While the official electoral commission put voter turnout in the first round at 51.5 percent, al-Wefaq decried the elections as a "farce" and said only 30 percent of eligible voters had participated in the vote. Al-Wefaq also issued a statement on the runoff elections, putting the turnout at less than 30 percent.

The Shia group also said the majority of the Bahraini people would continue their long struggle for justice and democracy until their legitimate demands are met. Bahraini protesters have held numerous demonstrations since mid-February 2011, calling for the royal family to give up power.

Bahrain is a strong military ally of the United States and is the home port of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Edited by Ivan Martínez
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