Bahrain charges Shiites with trying to topple govt

September 4, 2010 18:47


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MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain state TV reported Saturday that 25 Shiite activists have been charged with forming a terrorist network and trying to topple the country's Sunni-dominated government.

The 25 men facing charges are among some 250 Shiites who have been arrested since mid-August over allegations of disrupting public security.

State TV said that two of the men were charged in abstentia and no trial date has been set.

The crackdown follows a series of violent Shiite-led protests accusing the government of discrimination.

Most of the detained activists are members of two Shiite opposition groups — the HAQ Movement for Liberty and Democracy and the Islamic Wafa group.

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