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Clashes in Bahrain ahead of Formula One

(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Opposition youths skirmished with police after 10,000 Bahrainis rallied peacefully for democracy on Friday (April 19), two days before a Formula One car race that puts the Gulf Arab kingdom in the global spotlight. An authorised rally attended by men, women and children west of the capital Manama was orderly but as it broke up, just a few hundred yards (metres) away, dozens of young men skirmished with security forces firing tear gas. The youths, many wearing black and white masks, burned boxes, a rubbish bin and tyres in the road. The tear gas sent the young men scattering. Many in the Shi'ite Muslim-majority state accuse the Sunni-led government of trying to use Sunday's race to paper over human rights abuses and disguise political problems they say still plague the country, a close U.S. ally. The opposition hopes the spotlight on the kingdom's biggest sporting event will help their struggle gain wider attention.

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