Protesters gathered outside Manama on Friday (July 29th), accusing the National Dialogue Committee of failing to address their concerns, wire services reported.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched down the capital's Budaiya highway in a day of protests that organisers called "the people are the source of authority". They carried banners reading "No to dialogue" and chanted "We want freedom".
The march came after Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa on Thursday (July 28th) approved parliamentary reforms submitted by the appointed National Dialogue Committee, which the opposition faults for not addressing its demands.
"The government thought the results were great. We thought they were nothing," said Sayed al-Mousawi, a leader of the al-Wefaq opposition party. "There's no fully elected government, no reforms to the voting system. It's a one-sided deal."
The government claims that the Committee's members were selected to accurately represent Bahraini society.