Bahrain rally draws over 10 000
Manama - More than 10 000 demonstrators have joined Bahrain's first public rally in months as the Gulf nation's main Shiite political party shows its resolve after fierce crackdowns on protests for greater political rights.
Security forces stayed back from the crowds in a mostly Shi'ite area northwest of the capital Manama. Police helicopters passed overhead. There were no reports of clashes.
Bahrain's Sunni leaders allowed the rally on Saturday less than two weeks after lifting martial law-style rules imposed to crush protests by Bahrain's majority Shi'ites. At least 31 people have died in the unrest since February.