Bahraini men shout anti-government slogans and hold up pictures of Shiite clerics including jailed political opposition leader Ali Salman in Diraz, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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Dozens of Shiite clerics called Tuesday for equality in Sunni-ruled Bahrain, also insisting that there had never been a call for sectarianism by their majority community in the Gulf kingdom.Authorities quelled the protests, backed by Saudi-led troops from Gulf countries that accuse Shiite-dominated Iran of meddling in Bahraini affairs.Despite the crackdown on the 2011 uprising, protesters continue to clash frequently with police in Shiite villages outside the capital Manama.
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