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    Bahrain to Boost Security Measures on Anniversary of Shiite Uprisings

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    Bahrain will increase security measures Sunday on the fifth anniversary of Shiite protests in the country, the Bahraini Interior Ministry said Saturday.

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    MANAMA (Sputnik) Spokesman and public security forces chief Tariq Hassan told RIA Novosit he had warned opposition groups against "any calls for disturbance of security and social order."

    "Everyone who answers this call will be punished by law," Hassan said.

    Youth Shiite groups in the country have been using mobile networks to urge people to take to the streets on February 14 to call for political reforms and release of political prisoners.

    Starting with a wave of "Arab spring" revolutions in 2011, Bahrain has been gripped by Shiite uprisings against its Sunni rulers, resulting in brutal crackdowns on the opposition, arresting the leader of Bahrain's main opposition grouping al-Wifaq.

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