From PTI news agency:
Bahrain jails 29 for trying to reach uprising hub
Last Updated: Friday, July 05, 2013, 21:46
Manama: A defence lawyer in Bahrain says 29 protesters have been sentenced to one month in prison for trying to enter a heavily guarded area that was once the center of the Gulf nation’s anti-government uprising.
The court decision comes as some opposition groups, inspired by Egyptian crowds that helped topple President Mohammed Morsi, are calling for stepped-up protests.
Lawyer Mohamed al-Wasti said today the group was convicted of trying to bypass security cordons last year to reach Pearl Square, the hub of protests in early 2011.
Al-Wasti said the protesters plan to appeal yesterday’s court ruling.
Bahrain has faced nearly 29 months of unrest as Shiite-led protesters seek a greater political voice in the strategic Sunni-ruled kingdom, which is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.
Two years and four months have passed since the outbreak of protests in Bahrain. The Bahraini government, backed by the US and Gulf states, has failed to put forward a solution to the crisis, which has been aggravating politically, socially, ideologically and at the security level: here.
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