About 2,500 state workers in Bahrain have been dismissed from their jobs for taking part in nation-wide protests against the ruling of Al-Khalifa dynasty. The sackings have affected a total of over 13,000 people in the tiny Persian Gulf sheikhdom. Rights groups have blasted the Bahraini regime and state-linked firms for unlawfully terminating employees. Meanwhile, 40 people detained in connection with anti-regime protests have been formally charged after spending several months in custody. The charges include illegal assembly and trying to distort Bahrain's image. Thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have been holding peaceful demonstrations since mid-February, demanding an end to the authoritarian rule of the Manama regime. Scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested in the regime's clampdown on demonstrations.