11 Demonstrators Jailed in Bahrain

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A Bahraini court has sentenced 11 pro-democracy demonstrators to five years in jail each for allegedly attacking police with iron rods and petrol bombs near Manama last year, a judicial source said.

The 11 male defendants were accused of taking part in an “unauthorized” demonstration in the village of Al-Maameer, South of the capital, last June, the source said, Al-Alam reported.

The prosecution also charged the pro-democracy demonstrators with assaulting a police patrol with “Molotov cocktails and iron rods”, according to the source.

After pro-democracy demonstrations erupted in mid-February 2011 in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom, dozens of people have been tried over participating in protests.

Bahrain regime, backed by Saudi troops which rolled into Bahrain in support of the Al-Khalifa regime, launched a nationwide crackdown on demonstrators a month later.

More than 140 Bahrainis have been killed by security forces since February 2011.

Last year, Al-Khalifa regime increased the penalties for those convicted of violence, introducing the death penalty or life sentences in certain cases.

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