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Bahrain Blocks Anniversary Protests

Activists in Bahrain say authorities have made arrests and prevented protesters from gathering at the site of a landmark roundabout in the capital, Manama, on the first anniversary of the country's pro-democracy uprising.

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Anti-government protesters run towards Farooq Junction, formerly known as Pearl Square, after breaking barriers set up by police during a protest in Budaiya west of Manama, Bahrain, February 13, 2012. (Reuters)
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Anti-government protesters run towards Farooq Junction, formerly known as Pearl Square, after breaking barriers set up by police during a protest in Budaiya west of Manama, Bahrain, February 13, 2012. (Reuters)

Armored vehicles head into the capital of Manama, February 14, 2012. Clashes and attempts to march toward the well-barricaded hub of last year's pro-democracy protests marked the first anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf kingdom. (AP)
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Armored vehicles head into the capital of Manama, February 14, 2012. Clashes and attempts to march toward the well-barricaded hub of last year's pro-democracy protests marked the first anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf kingdom. (AP)

Police stop motorists entering Manama, checking identification and removing and arresting young men from several cars amid tight security on the first anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf kingdom. (AP)
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Police stop motorists entering Manama, checking identification and removing and arresting young men from several cars amid tight security on the first anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf kingdom. (AP)

An anti-government protester runs with a Bahraini flag and a banner that reads ''We will Return'' during a protest that attempted to march back to Al Farook Junction, formally known as Pearl Square, in the village of Sanabis. (Reuters)
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An anti-government protester runs with a Bahraini flag and a banner that reads ''We will Return'' during a protest that attempted to march back to Al Farook Junction, formally known as Pearl Square, in the village of Sanabis. (Reuters)

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