Bahrain says arrests Shi'ites after weekend clashes

By REUTERS
June 7, 2011 11:35

 
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MANAMA - Bahraini police arrested a number of Shi'ites at the weekend for shouting anti-government slogans during a religious festival in the Gulf Arab state, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

Police clashed with Shi'ite marchers on Sunday, less than a week after the kingdom, ruled by its Sunni Muslim minority, repealed an emergency law that quashed weeks of protests.

"Some small groups broke the law on Sunday by exploiting the commemoration of the death of the Imam Hadi to stage marches and repeat political slogans that violate (the law)," the official news agency quoted spokesman Tareq bin Dayna as saying.

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