#Reuters | Riot police block the road as anti-government protesters (background) attempt to get to the village of #Diraz, west of #Manama #November9, 2012. Bahraini police fired tear gas and blocked roads to stop thousands of Shi'ite Muslims joining prayers led by one of their spiritual leaders on Friday, witnesses said, amid worsening strife. Shi'ite leaders had called for people to turn out to support Sheikh Issa Qassim in his village of Diraz, west of the capital Manama, after the government warned clerics not to criticise the government or incite violence. Police had blocked all access to Diraz. REUTERS/STRINGER (BAHRAIN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)