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  1. Bahrain to protesters: Snarl traffic, lose license

    On eve of parliamentary polling, Bahrain government promises harsh response to any elections-related unrest

    AP , Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

    Bahraini authorities are warning anti-government protesters that they could lose their driver’s licenses for up to one year if they carry out threats to create massive traffic jams aimed at disrupting this week’s parliamentary elections.

    The warning by the Gulf kingdom’s interior ministry was among several statements circulating Tuesday promising a tough response to any unrest during the polling.

    Bahrain plans to hold elections Saturday for 18 seats in its 40-member parliament. The posts were recently abandoned by Shiite lawmakers protesting the government’s harsh crackdowns on pro-reform demonstrations.

    Bahrain’s majority Shiite population has led a seven-month uprising demanding greater political rights from the small island-nation’s Sunni rulers. Many Shiite groups have called for a boycott of the upcoming elections.

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  2. Bahrain protesters clog roads in pre-election act
    Associated Press, 09.21.11, 02:32 AM EDT

    MANAMA, Bahrain — Traffic has been brought to a crawl on many Bahrain highways after calls by pro-reform groups to flood the roads with cars in a show of strength before parliamentary elections later this week.

    Shiite-led protesters are seeking to send a message of defiance to Sunni authorities after warnings of harsh responses to any attempts at disrupting Saturday’s voting in the Gulf kingdom.

    The traffic jams hit during the morning commute Wednesday. Security forces were on high alert, but there were no reports of violence.

    Bahrain’s majority Shiites began protests in February for greater rights from the ruling Sunni dynasty. Shiite groups are urging a boycott of the upcoming election for 18 seats abandoned by Shiite lawmakers to protest the crackdown.

    Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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  3. From the USA:

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    and the Brave New Foundation team

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