Bahrain Joins the Middle East Protest Movement
Posted on Feb 16, 2011
It’s not as big as Egypt, Iran or Tunisia, but thousands of Bahrain’s citizens have taken to the streets to demand their freedom, nonetheless. Protests in the tiny island nation have already led to at least three deaths as demonstrators call for reform from their king.
Update: The government’s violent crackdown has led to more deaths and the injury of hundreds of prtotesters.
The numbers of those who had camped out overnight in Manama’s Pearl Square were swelled by many who joined the protests throughout the day.
Security forces have pulled back to ease tensions after previous days’ clashes left two dead and dozens injured in the Gulf kingdom.
The protesters are calling for wide-ranging political reforms.
Al-Jazeera / Sara Hassan (CC-BY-ND)