Bahrainis have staged fresh protests across the tiny Persian Gulf island amid a wave of rallies held to mark the anniversary of the 2011 popular revolution. A march was held in the village of Abu Saiba just outside the capital Manama, demanding the release of top Shia cleric Sheikh Ali Salman and other political activists. Clashes broke out in the village of Nuwaidrat where regime forces used gas canisters, allegedly bearing toxic chemical agents, to disperse protesters. Similar anti-regime protest rallies were held elsewhere, including on the island of Sitra and the villages of al-Markh, al-Daih, Karzakan and al-Musalla. Participants in the rallies carried portraits of some of the victims of the uprising, as they pledged to press on with their demands for civil rights and democracy in Bahrain. Amnesty International and other rights groups have repeatedly censured the Bahraini regime over “rampant” human rights abuses against opposition activists and anti-government protesters.