Clinton's Cautious Words for Bahrain

After the White House let Bahrain know on Wednesday that its friends in the American government would be watching the protests over there “very closely,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made good on that advance notice by expressing the administration’s concern about the outbreak of violence amid demonstrations in the Middle Eastern nation. –KA

AFP via Google News:

She added: “I stressed the need to seriously engage all sectors of society in a constructive, consultative dialogue to meet the way forward in accordance with the aspirations of the people.

“And there have been reform steps taken which we want to see continued, we want to see strengthened,” she said.

“We call on restraint from the government to keep its commitment to hold accountable those who have utilized excessive force against peaceful demonstrators,” Clinton said.

Bahrain’s military deployed armored vehicles in the center of the capital Manama and vowed to restore order Thursday after a violent police raid on anti-regime protesters left four people dead and scores wounded.

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