The protests have brought traffic in the capital to astandstill. Thousands have taken to the streets in several villagessurrounding the city. Sounds of stun grenades can be heard acrossthe city, and most roads leading into Manama are closed, APsaid.Protesters have set up road barricades, burned tires and thrownMolotov cocktails and stones at the riot police. The police triedto disperse the rioters by firing tear gas and throwing percussiongrenades into the crowds.“No, no Saudi Occupier,” “Down with [King] Hamad,” theprotesters chanted according to Press TV.The slogans denounced the crackdown of the 2011 Bahrainiuprising, which was quelled two years ago after Saudi forces andother Gulf troops were deployed in the country.The ‘Arab Spring’-inspired uprising was led by the country’sShia majority, with protesters demanding reforms, political freedomand equality from the country’s Western-backed Sunnirulers.After a month of clashes that started with violent police raidson peaceful protesters, Bahrain’s Al-Khalifa royal family requestedhelp from neighboring countries. On March 14, 2011, some 1500troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployedin Bahrain to “secure” the situation.More than 80 people have been killed in Bahrain in connectionwith the uprising since February 14, 2011, according to humanrights groups. Thousands have been arrested with reports ofviolence and torture used by the Bahraini police.No progress has been made in talks between the Bahrainiopposition and the government, and protests are still frequent inthe country that is home to the US Fifth Fleet.