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Police clash with protesters in Bahrain

02-16-2011 13:48 BJT

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Protesters have taken to the streets of Bahrain's capital Manama, in an attempt to copy Egypt's uprising and force high-level changes. One person was shot dead, while several others were injured.

A 31-year-old man died of injuries after being shot by security forces during a melee.

Earlier thousands of protesters took over the capital's main square. They carried tents and raised banners in an attempt to emulate Egypt's uprising.

Protesters chanted slogans mocking the nation's ruling sheiks and called for sweeping political reforms and an end to monarchy's grip on key decisions and government posts.

Protesters renamed the seaside Pearl Square "Nation's Square" and erected banners such as "Peaceful" that were prominent in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

There is no direct call to bring down the king, whose family has ruled Bahrain for more than two centuries but he is suddenly under unprecedented pressure to make serious changes in how the country is run.

Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Bahranian King, said, "In light of the sporadic incidents that have taken place yesterday and today, where there was, with regret deaths among our dear sons. We therefore extend sincere condolences to their families."

The King promised to push ahead with promised reforms, which include loosening state controls on the media and Internet.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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