Bahraini forces have arrested more than a dozen civilians in one week as the ruling Al Khalifa regime pushes ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown on anti-regime rallies in the country. The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights announced that regime soldiers arrested at least 13 people between October 5 and 11, and that four children were among those detained. The Bahraini non-governmental organization further said that Bahraini courts sentenced 12 nationals to a total of 86 years in prison during the mentioned period, and adjourned the trial of 40 others in different cases. Since mid-February 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations on the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power. Bahraini regime forces have cracked down on the protesters, killing scores of them. A large number of Bahraini activists are also suffering behind bars.
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