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Clashes between police, protesters mark second anniversary of uprising in tense Bahrain

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    A Bahraini anti-government protester gestures toward riot police during clashes in Sitra, Bahrain, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Clashes erupted in several opposition villages around the kingdom on the eve of the second anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    A woman and her child watch clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police from their window as a protester hurls a stone toward police in Sitra, Bahrain, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Clashes erupted in several opposition villages around the kingdom on the eve of the second anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising. Graffiti on the wall reads: "No to dialogue with murderers." (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    Riot police clear the way for police vehicles to pass during clashes with anti-government protesters in Sitra, Bahrain, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Clashes erupted in several opposition villages around the kingdom on the eve of the second anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    A Bahraini anti-government protester wears a headband that reads "steadfast" during clashes with riot police in Sanabis, Bahrain, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Clashes erupted at the end of an anti-government march, when hundreds of youths attempted to reach the heavily guarded site of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    A masked Bahraini anti-government protester confronts riot police who give chase in Sanabis, Bahrain, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Clashes erupted at the end of an anti-government march, when hundreds of youths attempted to reach the heavily guarded site of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

Anti-government protesters in Bahrain have set up roadblocks and clashed with security forces amid high tensions on the second anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf nation.

The demonstrators on Thursday included groups chanting against talks aimed at easing the Arab Spring-inspired unrest in the country.

Bahrain's Shiite majority is seeking a greater political voice in the strategic Sunni-ruled kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

Street battles broke out before dawn in some Shiite neighborhoods, but opposition groups also have called for a nationwide strike to mark the anniversary.

More than 55 people have been killed in the two-year unrest. Some activists place the death toll higher.