Tens of Thousands of Bahraini Protesters Occupy Four-Lane Highway

from Los Angeles Times:

Every day on World Now, we choose a striking photo from around the globe. Today we selected this shot from Bahrain, where tens of thousands of people filled a four-lane highway outside Manama to protest for reform. This shot from above shows the scope of the Friday demonstration.

The massive march was a rebuke to Bahraini leaders who have claimed the protests are sputtering out. Bahrain, an island monarchy near Saudi Arabia, has faced more than a year of demonstrations urging greater democracy and an end to discrimination against Shiites in the Sunni Muslim state.

Human rights groups say the Bahraini government cracked down on dissenters last year with arrests, torture and disproportionate punishments in new military courts. Although the government created an independent commission to investigate the allegations, activists say it hasn’t followed through on its recommendations, continuing to hold unjust trials and cracking down on protesters.

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