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Bahrain police battle to control streets in flashpoint town

By Andrew Hammond / Reuters SITRA: Bahraini police clashed with anti-government protesters on Saturday at a Shia town where residents tried to demonstrate against the Gulf Arab state’s holding of a Formula One race next month. Hundreds of riot police backed by dark blue armored vehicles and jeeps patrolled the streets of Sitra, a poor district …


Bahrain police install cameras to curb abuse

By Andrew Hammond / Reuters MANAMA: Bahrain is installing video cameras in police stations to try to clean up its human rights image after crushing a pro-democracy uprising last year, but activists say off-camera abuse continues in other locations. At Al-Hoora station in Manama, closed circuit television will record police interrogations in rooms with padded grey …


Bahrain opposition unites to decry ‘police state’

DUBAI: In a defiant show of unity, Bahrain opposition parties have jointly denounced the Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab island as a police state and demanded a transition to a constitutional monarchy. Five groups, including the main Shia party Wefaq and the secular Waad party, vowed to keep up a pro-democracy campaign with peaceful rallies and marches …


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