Bahrain jails 29 for trying to reach uprising hub
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.
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