Bahrain protesters seek to overthrow royal family

The Associated Press

3:43 a.m. Monday, February 21, 2011MANAMA, Bahrain — A group of protesters
is calling for the ouster of Bahrain’s entire ruling monarchy as part of sweeping
demands to calloff the weeklong uprising in the Gulf nation. 

The manifesto Monday by a group calling itself “Youth of Feb. 14” — after the day of the first marches — apparently seeks to stake out an uncompromising stance before possible talks between the opposition and the monarchy.

It is unclear how much weight the group carries.

The group is also calling for authorities to be put on trial for attacks on protesters that have left at least seven dead and hundreds injured in the strategic island nation — home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

Bahrain’s rulers have offered talks with opposition groups to try to defuse the showdown.


February 21, 2011 03:43 AM EST

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