Politician says Bahrain protests hurt country's stability

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August 22, 2010 13:28

 
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MANAMA, Bahrain — The top Shiite politician in Bahrain Saturday said that last week's crackdown on Shiite protesters has destroyed a decade of stable sectarian relations.

Bahrain, home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, has experienced daily clashes for over a week between Shiite protesters and Sunni-dominated security forces.

Sheik Ali Salam, the head of Wefaq society, the largest Shiite bloc in parliament, gave the first public reaction to the arrests in a press conference Saturday.

A government statement issued Saturday blamed insurgents for trying to disrupt the country's security.

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