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Bahrain says it's banning rallies to prevent violence

DUBAI - Bahrain has banned all rallies and gatherings to ensure public safety and prevent violence, the state news agency reported, following more than a year of protests by opposition demonstrators.
The Sunni-ruled island kingdom, where the US Navy's Fifth Fleet is based, has seen repeated protests since an uprising led by its Shi'ite majority for political reforms that began in February 2011 was crushed with help from Saudi troops last year."It has been decided to stop all gatherings and marches and not to allow any activity before being reassured about security and achieving the required stability in order to preserve national unity," state news agency BNA quoted Interior Minister Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah al-Khalifa as saying late on Monday.
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