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Bahrain braces for massive Friday rally
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Bahrain's largest opposition group has called for a massive anti-government protest following Friday prayers in defiance of the ongoing crackdown by the Manama regime.

Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society called for the June 17 protests to mark the fourth month of popular uprising against the decades-long monarchial rule of Al Khalifa dynasty in the small Persian Gulf Country.

On Thursday night, protesters took to the streets of Barbar village in the north of Bahrain.

Meanwhile, regime officials have reportedly taken over the pages of Rasad News, a major source of news about human rights violations in the Middle Eastern country.

Several anti-government websites and chat room applications have also been blocked this month.

Since mid-February, thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Bahrain have staged protests in the streets, calling for an end to Al Khalifa rule.

On March 13, Saudi-led forces were dispatched to the Persian Gulf island upon Manama's request to quell the countrywide protests.

According to local sources, dozens of people have been killed and hundreds arrested so far during the government clampdown on the peaceful demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Bahraini security forces have reportedly kidnapped several women, including doctors, university professors and students.

Human rights groups and the families of protesters arrested during the crackdown say that most detainees have been physically and mentally abused, while the whereabouts of many of them remain unknown.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have criticized the Manama regime for its brutal crackdown on civilians.

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