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Bahrain warns citizens against online calls for protests

 
MANAMA (Xinhua) -- The Bahraini security authorities Thursday warned citizens not to pay heed to online calls for protests and boycott by anonymous groups.
 
The Interior Ministry said Thursday that those who took part in illegal rallies or acts of violence "would be held accountable under the penal law."
 
"The mere act of posting such instigating calls is a crime punishable under the law," Chief of Public Security Major-Gen. Tareq Mubarak bin Daina said.
 
He said social networking websites were bustling with calls for protests when the country was heading for by-election on Saturday.
 
"The law on public rallies stipulates fines and jail terms, in addition to other penalties," he said.
 
On Wednesday, 18 drivers were booked for taking part in a " Bahrain Blockade" protest announced by an online group. The group aimed to encourage drivers to block roads in main financial districts by driving slowly.
 
Over 60 candidates are contesting in 14 constituencies for the by-election. 
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