Tens of thousands of mainly Shi'a have joined a march in Bahrain to denounce proposals for closer unity between the Sunni-ruled kingdom and neighboring Saudi Arabia. Protesters chanted "Bahrain is not for sale," as they marched outside the capital, Manama.
Protests have also been held in Iran. Photo shows a protest rally by a group of International students in Tehran
Sunni Gulf Arab leaders earlier this week delayed any decision on the plan.
In predominantly Shi'ite Iran, state-run media said thousands of people also took part in protests denouncing the proposed union.
An influential cleric, Ayatollah Kazem Sediqi, in a sermon broadcast live denounced the plan as an "ill-fated plot."
Persian Gulf countries
Bahrain has seen intermittent protests led by its Shi'ite majority for more than a year, demanding that the ruling royal family improve human rights and make political reforms.
Iran has repeatedly voiced support for the protests.
Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and AP
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