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Bahrain Sentences Two Protesters to Prison for Blocking Traffic

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- A Bahraini court sentenced two people to three months in prison and fined each 100 dinars ($265) for blocking traffic as part of an anti-government protest called by the mainly Shiite opposition.

Cases against several other people involved in the Sept. 21 and Sept. 26 incidents are under way in the Traffic Misdemeanor Court, the state-run Bahrain News Agency reported, citing traffic prosecutor Hussain Al-Buali. The opposition has been calling on Bahrainis to block traffic in the capital Manama and its suburbs during rush hour tomorrow.

Bahraini authorities detained hundreds of people, most of them Shiites, following a crackdown on protesters who held rallies in February and March to demand a more representative government. At least 35 people were killed during the clashes. Shiites represent about 70 percent of Bahrain’s population, according to the U.S. State Department, while its hereditary rulers are Sunni.

To contact the reporter on this story: Donna Abu-Nasr in Manama at: dabunasr@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.

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