Bahraini anti-government protesters react to tear gas fired by riot police to disperse a Labour Day demonstration in support of people fired from their jobs for political activity.

Dubai - Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Shi’ite villages in Bahrain on Tuesday to demand being reinstated in jobs from which they were fired during last year's uprising, witnesses said.

“Returning to our jobs is a right,” read the banners of the protesters who gathered for the May Day rally organised by the February 14 Youth Movement, the sources said.

The protesters also chanted slogans against Asian policemen, notably Pakistanis, recruited by the kingdom's Sunni rulers.

An independent probe into the month-long uprising said hundreds of Shi’ite workers were either dismissed or suspended indefinitely in the wake of a crackdown on a Shi’ite-led protest in February and March 2011.

According to Bahrain's labour union, 455 private and 116 public sector workers remain dismissed from their jobs. The labour ministry says the number is only a few dozen and that the rest have been reinstated.

Amnesty says nearly 60 people have been killed in the protest movement since February 2011. - Sapa-AFP