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Shiite-led opposition rallies

world Updated: Feb 22, 2011 23:16 IST

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Tens of thousands of supporters of Bahrain’s Shiite-led opposition poured into Manama square on Tuesday calling for the government’s downfall in the largest rally in more than a week of protests.

Streets of the capital were clogged as protesters marched from the capital’s Bahrain Mall to Pearl Square the focal point of anti-regime demonstrations.

Those leading the protest carried a large banner reading “The march of loyalty to martyrs” while a poster strung from a bridge read in English “No dialogue before the downfall of the ruling regime.”

“The people want the fall of the regime “ protesters chanted in unison as they swarmed into Pearl Square.

Thousands of women dressed all in black chanted slogans against Bahrain monarch Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa. The rally marked the first to be officially called for by political associations since protests started on February 14 in response to calls by cyber activists inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.