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Bahrain: Tough line remains on protesters

2011-05-31 19:00

Manama - Bahrain's justice ministry says authorities will not ease pressure on anti-government groups after lifting emergency laws.

The sharply-worded statement on Tuesday comes a day before Bahrain is scheduled to lift the martial law-style rules imposed in March to crush Shi’ite-led protests, which called for more political rights in the Gulf island kingdom.

The emergency rule was part of far-reaching crackdowns by the Sunni monarchy in the Western-allied nation, which hosts the US Navy 5th Fleet.

Bahrain's rulers are backed by a Saudi-led military force, which will remain after the emergency laws are lifted on Wednesday.

The justice ministry statement says any threats to the nation's stability will be met with harsh responses.