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Bahrain Protesters March On Palace


Antigovernment protest earlier this month in front of the US embassy in Manama.

Antigovernment protest earlier this month in front of the US embassy in Manama.

Tens of thousands of protesters in Bahrain are marching on a royal palace in the capital Manama today, a day after clashes with police injured dozens of activists.

The new march comes as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits Bahrain on a mission to encourage dialogue between the mostly Shi'ite protesters and the Sunni monarchy.

Security forces reinforced by pro-government Sunni vigilantes fired rubber bullets and tear gas late on March 11 to scatter protesters.

compiled from agency reports
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