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A civil court upheld severe jail sentences against 13 Shiite activists, including seven life sentences. The activists had protested against the Sunni monarchy. Bahraini authorities said they would take additional legal action against the opposition Al Wefaq group.
Bahrain sentenced six people to 15 years in prison for plotting with Iran to stage attacks within the country. Targets included the Interior Ministry, the Saudi embassy, and a causeway linking the island to Saudi Arabia.
A diplomatic row has developed over a proposed union between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Iran denounced the proposal while Bahrain warned Iran against meddling in its internal affairs. Iranians and Bahraini Shiites rallied against the proposal.
The US resumed some weapons sales to Bahrain. Weapons sales had been suspended last year over human rights concerns during pro-democracy demonstrations.
Hundreds of riot police fought Shiite protestors in Sitra, a poor district southeast of Manama. Sitra has long been a battleground for Shiites who feel the government has marginalized them politically and economically.
Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the capital's Pearl Square. One year earlier, security forces stormed the protesters' encampment after authorities had imposed martial law.
In the largest demonstration in the past year, tens of thousands of Bahrainis marched demanding democratic reforms. The march was in response to the urging of a Shia cleric for people to renew their calls for greater democracy.