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Bahraini police have fired tear gas and shotguns at Shiite demonstrators. The clashes have left one person critically injured. Activists took to the streets in protest of jail sentences against prominent figures. On Tuesday, Bahrain's appeals court upheld the sentences of 20 opposition activists found guilty of allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. Shiite protesters are calling for an end to what they call discrimination by the Sunni monarchy. The pro-reform movement started in February last year - police crackdowns have claimed some 60 lives, with dozens arrested. Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar says Gulf monarchies were convinced by the US that the protests are masterminded by Iran.