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Bahrain jails 29 people trying to reach protest hub

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Bahrain jails 29 people trying to reach protest hub

Press TV

A court in Bahrain has sentenced 29 people to one month in prison for trying to enter a heavily guarded area that was once the center of the Persian Gulf nation’s anti-government protests.

Defence Lawyer Mohamed al-Wasti said on Friday that the group was convicted of trying to bypass security cordons last year to reach Pearl Square, the epicenter of protests in early 2011.

Al-Wasti said the protesters plan to appeal Thursday’s court ruling.

The iconic Pearl Square structure was demolished on March 18, 2011, two days after Bahraini and Saudi forces, backed by tanks and helicopters, cleared the landmark square where anti-government protesters had been camped for several weeks.

The court decision comes as opposition groups are calling for stepped-up protests against the Al Khalifa regime.

Reports say at least 13 opposition leaders are held in prison for involvement in protests against the Bahraini regime.

The regime’s courts handed down life sentences to seven of the activists, including prominent activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, and gave the others jail terms ranging from five to 15 years…

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Bahraini protesters demand freedom of political prisoners

Press TV

Thousands of Bahraini protesters have staged a demonstration against the Al Khalifa regime outside the capital, Manama, to demand the release of political prisoners.

Chanting anti-regime slogans, the protesters, including men, women and children, marched on the Budaiya Highway, west of Manama, on Friday.

They also carried Bahraini flags as well as anti-regime banners and placards, demanding freedom and democracy in the Persian Gulf country.

The demonstration had been called by the main opposition Al-Wefaq party and other political groups. Al-Wefaq’s Secretary General Ali Salman was also present at the rally.

On Thursday, Salman said at a press conference that Bahrain’s Interior Ministry had arrested more than 640 individuals on various charges during the last three months…

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