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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:29 PM


Bahrain seeks charges for protests calls during Shiite religious ceremonies

By Associated Press,
Nov 18, 2012 06:54 PM EST

MANAMA, Bahrain ó Bahrain says it has taken legal action against some Shiite worshippers accused of mixing anti-government protests with annual religious ceremonies.

The crackdowns during the Shiite commemorations building toward Ashura ó marking a seventh century battle in Islamís early decades ó could cause further tensions between Shiite religious leaders and the Gulf nationís Sunni monarchy.

Opposition groups and others, including the U.S. State Department, have strongly denounced a government order last month to outlaw protest gatherings. The move seeks to quell a 21-month uprising by Bahrainís majority Shiites seeking a greater political voice.

A government statement Sunday says ďa numberĒ of Shiite religious figures have been referred to the public prosecutor for delivering political sermons or leading anti-government chants.


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