Egypt-style protests rock Bahrain, demonstrators crowd ‘Pearl Square’ in ManamaFebruary 16th, 2011 - 11:46 am ICT by ANI
Manama (Bahrain), Feb 16(ANI): Thousands of protesters gathered at the main square in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, in an Egypt-style rebellion demanding political reform and greater freedoms.
According to the Daily Mail, many in the ‘Pearl Square’ waved Bahraini flags and chanted: ‘No Sunnis, no Shiites. We are all Bahrainis.’
They also erected banners such as ‘Peaceful’ that were prominent in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of protests in Egypt.
It also appeared that the protesters were planning for the long haul, as some groups were seen carrying tents.
Meanwhile, security forces have blocked key highways in an apparent attempt to choke off access to the square, which protesters have renamed ‘Nation’s Square’.
The dramatic move came just hours after two protesters died in clashes with security forces.
The opposition groups are not calling for the ruling Sunni monarchy to be ousted, but they do want an end to its grip on key decisions and government posts.
Other demands, listed on a poster erected in the square, included the release of all political prisoners, more jobs and housing, an elected Cabinet and the replacement of longtime Prime Minister, Sheik Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Bahrain is one of the most politically volatile nations in the Middle East’s wealthiest corner despite having one of the few elected parliaments and some of the most robust civil society groups.
The nation’s majority Shiites - about 70 per cent of the population of some 500,000 - have long complained of discrimination and being blackballed from important state jobs. (ANI)
- F1 chief Ecclestone to let Bahrain Crown Prince decide on Grand Prix - Feb 20, 2011
- F1 chief Ecclestone fears anti-government protesters may target Bahrain Grand Prix - Feb 16, 2011
- Indians in Bahrain safe: Govt. - Feb 18, 2011
- Bahrain anti-government protests pose fresh hurdle for Obama administration - Feb 18, 2011
- Briton blamed for Bahrain crackdown - Feb 20, 2011
- Bahrain king pardons political prisoners - Feb 22, 2011
- Bahrain's opposition lists demands as protests rise (Lead) - Feb 24, 2011
- Four killed in Bahrain protest - Mar 16, 2011
- Protesters remain in Manama's Pearl Square - Feb 20, 2011
- Bahrain to disband two opposition groups for threatening national unity - Apr 15, 2011
- Bahrain's king sacks four ministers - Feb 26, 2011
- Bahrain free prisoners, king leaves for Saudi Arabia - Feb 23, 2011
- Bahrain protesters call for strike to oust government - Feb 24, 2011
- GCC troops arrive in Bahrain to maintain order (Lead) - Mar 14, 2011
- Thousands attend funerals of clash-victims in Bahrain - Feb 18, 2011
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,