Opposition: Bahrain forces deploy against unrest

Associated Press
A Bahraini man gestures from behind a car in Barbar, Bahrain, on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, that residents said was damaged when it was hit by tear gas canisters fired by riot police. Police used tear gas in several villages to prevent residents from leaving to participate in midday prayers in the northern village of Diraz. Shiite clerics nationwide had called for worshipers to pray in Diraz on Friday where top Shiite cleric Sheik Issa Qassim preaches in a show of support for him at a time of concern among Shiites that he may be arrested as part of a government crackdown on the opposition. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's main opposition group says the kingdom's paramilitary National Guard is deploying to back up police as authorities try to quell rising political violence.

Wider use of the Guard could signal a tougher strategy by Bahrain's Sunni embattled monarchy as riot police struggle to contain the Shiite majority's 21-month uprising.

Hadi al-Musawi, a spokesman for Al Wefaq, says Guard troops were seen Saturday setting up in Sitra, a center of the revolt. Previously, Guard forces — separate from the regular military — have been used mainly at key sites in the capital Manama.

Heavy clashes erupted Saturday after the funeral of a teenager killed in a traffic incident during a clampdown on marchers the day before.

More than 55 people have died in Bahrain's unrest.

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