Bahraini protesters hold their national flag during clashes with riot police in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama.
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Bahrain's opposition leader was remanded in custody Tuesday for seeking to change the regime by force, prompting cries of "tyrannical rule" and sparking fresh clashes between his supporters and police.The prosecution said Sheikh Ali Salman, who heads the Shiite movement Al-Wefaq, would remain in custody for seven days pending further investigation.Bahrain has been gripped by sporadic violence since the authorities crushed monthlong pro-democracy protests led by Al-Wefaq in 2011 .It came after Salman was re-elected as party leader Friday.The U.N. human rights chief called on Bahrain's government to immediately release Salman and the European Union warned that his arrest could further destabilize an already fragile political environment.
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