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Bahrain troops deploy ahead of nationwide protests

Bahrain's security forces deploy in capital ahead of nationwide protests

Bahrain troops deploy ahead of nationwide protests

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain's security forces have deployed in force throughout the capital ahead of nationwide opposition protests that authorities have warned they will "forcefully confront."

Helicopters hovered over empty streets in Manama since Wednesday morning.

Security checkpoints surrounded by barbed wire guard roads leading to the city from outlying neighborhoods populated by the Shiite majority, which is calling for a greater voice in the Sunni-ruled country.

Rights groups say that small groups of demonstrators have already begun to gather, but the main marches are planned for later in the day.