Bahrain protests: Shias rally against closer ties with Saudi Arabia

Bahrain protests – Demonstrators wave Bahraini flags as they march through Budaiya during an anti-government rally last month. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Tens of thousands of mainly Shia protesters in Bahrain have joined a march to denounce proposals for closer ties between the unrest-torn Gulf kingdom and neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

There were no immediate reports of violence, but the large turnout on Friday points to strong opposition to further integration between the Sunni rulers of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Gulf leaders this week delayed a decision on the proposals.

Bahrain’s majority Shia population began demonstrations against unification 15 months ago. They are seeking a stronger political voice in the Sunni-ruled region

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