Regime forces fired tear gas and live rounds on Saturday to disperse protesters in the northeastern village of Nuwaidrat, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Anti-government demonstrators also staged rallies in the villages of Dair and Musalla, renewing their calls for the regime to step down. The protestors were chanting slogans against King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and rejecting the call for talks with his government.

On Friday, senior Bahraini cleric Sheikh Issa Qasim ruled out talks with the Bahraini government, calling them meaningless, and accused Manama of using the ongoing reconciliation talks to delay democratic reforms.

“This dialogue process is twisted and the way it is conducted indicates that there is no meaningful substance,” he said. “The aim is to delay reforms and democracy.”

In February, massive protests broke out in Bahrain, with people taking to the streets and calling for a constitutional monarchy — a demand that later turned into calls for the regime’s downfall.

In mid-March, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed military forces to Bahrain to assist the Bahraini government in its brutal crackdown on the popular protests.

Bahrain’s main opposition group, al-Wefaq, is currently in talks with Bahraini officials as part of the so-called “national dialogue.” It agreed to participate in the talks after the government pledged to allow an independent inquiry into the violent crackdown on protesters.

But the opposition bloc is not satisfied with the process, saying participants in the dialogue do not fairly represent society and those participating are not being given a chance to speak during the sessions.

Scores of protesters have been killed — many under torture — and numerous others detained and transferred to unknown locations during the regime’s brutal onslaught on protesters.

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