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Bahraini people have held fresh anti-regime demonstrations to show their solidarity with those killed or arrested during the uprising against the ruling Al Khalifa regime. Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa ruling family to step down. One month later, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government to crush the peaceful protests. According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown. In October 2013, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa, said, "The [Bahraini] authorities simply slap the label 'terrorist' on defendants and then subject them to all manner of violations to end up with a 'confession'." Protesters say they will continue to hold anti-regime demonstrations until their demands for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to rights violations are met.