Tens of thousands take to Bahrain's streets ahead of a crucial national dialogue on political reform.
Tens of thousands of Bahrainis take to the streets at an opposition rally.The crowd, largely Shi'ite Muslims, call on the Sunni-led government to end what they call systemic discrimination.Bahrain has been gripped by protests in recent months, seen by many as a serious threat to the rule of the country's leader - King Hamed.In response, the tiny Gulf state is holding a national dialogue where leaders will discuss long-time Shi'ite grievances.Those include a lack of access to jobs and social services.Hamed has promised reforms, and a national inquiry in the deaths of several protesters earlier this years.But the opposition questions whether the government is seriously committed to change.AdvertisementThey point to the fact that just 10% of the seats at the forum have been reserved for their members.
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