Bahrain has announced the arrest of 29 people as anti-government protesters tried to converge in the capital to mark the third anniversary of an uprising in the Gulf island nation.
Hundreds of demonstrators attempted to reach Pearl Roundabout in Manama on Friday, the eve of the anniversary in the Sunni minority-ruled country. Pearl Roundabout was a protest hub for the uprising that started on February 14, 2011.
Some marchers were seen carrying Bahraini flags, while others held unlit Molotov cocktails or metal rods, the Reuters news agency reported.
The 29 were arrested over “rioting and vandalism” in villages outside the capital, the interior ministry said.
Thursday was the first of three days of protests called by the Shia-led opposition to mark the date.