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Bahrain arrests 26 on eve of uprising anniversary as youths try to converge on protest site

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    Bahraini anti-government protesters watch for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Malkiya, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Rubbish and oil smeared on the road are meant to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by anti-government groups in the run-up to Friday's third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    Bahraini anti-government protesters wait for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Malkiya, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Rubbish and oil smeared on the road are meant to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by anti-government groups in the run-up to Friday's third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    Bahraini anti-government protesters wait for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Malkiya, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Rubbish and the oil smeared on the road are meant to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by anti-government groups in the run-up to Friday's third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    Bahraini youths jump rope as they wait for riot police between clashes on the main street of Malkiya, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Anti-government protesters burned rubbish and smeared oil on the road to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by anti-government groups in the run-up to Friday's third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    Bahraini anti-government protesters watch for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Musalla, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Rubbish and oil smeared on the road are meant to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by anti-government groups in the run-up to Friday's third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

Bahrain says it has arrested 29 people as bands of anti-government protesters try to converge in the capital to mark the third anniversary of the uprising in the small Gulf island nation.

Hundreds of youths are attempting to get to Pearl Square, which was a protest hub at the center of the movement that started on February 14, 2011. The square was cleared by police raids and later razed in the early weeks of the unrest and is now sealed off by security forces.

Some of the youths marching on Friday were seen carrying Bahraini flags, while others held unlit Molotov cocktails or metal rods.

The Interior Ministry says the 29 were arrested over "rioting and vandalism" in villages outside the capital, Manama, on Thursday, the eve of the anniversary.