Category Archives: Bahrain

Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

Here is a look at the latest developments in Mideast political unrest on Wednesday:

Yemen: Britain pulls staff ahead of Friday protest
Britain said on Wednesday it was temporarily withdrawing part of its embassy team from Yemen’s capital Sanaa ahead of protests expected on Friday. “In light of the rapid deterioration in the security situation in Yemen and the high risk of increased tension in Sanaa and likely protests on Friday 25 March which might result in violent clashes, part of the British embassy team in Sanaa is being temporarily withdrawn, leaving a small core staff in place,” Britain’s Foreign Office said. Britain’s Foreign Office said it was calling on British citizens in Yemen to “leave now” as the government would find it very difficult to offer consular assistance in the event of further violence. Yemen’s parliament granted President Ali Abdullah Saleh‘s request for a 30-day state of emergency, which suspends the constitution, bars protests and gives security forces far-reaching powers of arrest. Saleh offered to step down by the end of the year to try to appease mounting demands for his resignation. Continue reading

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In Bahrain uprising, there’s no turning back

Bahraini special police stand guard inside the Interior Ministry as thousands of mainly Shi'ite protesters demonstrate outside in Manama March 2, 2011. Protests in Bahrain are starting to make forays away from the central square in Manama and into different parts of the city, pressing the Sunni-led government for swift democratic reform.

Bahraini special police stand guard inside the Interior Ministry as thousands of mainly
Shi’ite protesters demonstrate outside in Manama March 2, 2011. Protests in Bahrain
are starting to make forays away from the central square in Manama and into different
parts of the city, pressing the Sunni-led government for swift democratic reform.

Photograph by: Hamad I Mohammed, Reuters Continue reading

Protesters in Bahrain march on government institutions, demand release of prisoners

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MANAMA, Bahrain — Thousands of anti-government protesters marched on the Interior Ministry in Bahrain’s capital Manama, demanding the release of all political prisoners.

Wednesday’s protest was peaceful, and a pro-government rally was planned for later in the day. Continue reading

Army and police join Bahrain protesters

The centre of the Bahraini capital Manama has been filled with thousands of
demonstrators calling for the government’s downfall – and to remember the
victims of the past week’s violence. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Bahrain protesters took back Pearl Square. What next?

As angry young protesters continue to call for regime change from Pearl Square in the center of Bahrain’s capital, Manama, opposition leaders met Sunday to discuss which demands they want to press in coming days.

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Bahraini protesters chant slogans in Pearl Square in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday. Bahrain’s opposition leaders gathered Sunday to examine offers for talks by Bahrain’s rulers after nearly a week of protests and deadly clashes that have sharply divided the strategic Gulf nation.
(Hassan Ammar/AP) Continue reading

Blindsided in Bahrain

To Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, all was well in Bahrain when she visited
two months ago. “I am very impressed by the progress Bahrain is making on all fronts
– economically politically, socially,” she enthused.

Now, however, Bahrain is the only Persian Gulf state where the popular protests of Tunisia
and Egypt have spread. On Monday and Tuesday, thousands demanding democracy gathered
in the capital – and were attacked by riot police. So far, two have been killed. Continue reading

Bahrain: The Day of Wrath

Posted By Amira Al Hussaini On 14 February 2011 @ 23:58 pm In Bahrain,English,Feature,Middle East & North Africa,Politics,Protest,Weblog,Youth | No Comments

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011 [1].

Protests took place in many places in Bahrain today, in what has been called Bahrain’s Day of Wrath. Netizens gasped in horror as they saw how police forces dealt with peaceful protesters from the early morning, quickly exchanging links to horrible videos [2] showing police atrocities on Twitter and other social networking sites.

Still from a video showing riot police charging at a peaceful demonstration in Diraz village, Bahrain on 14 February 2011, firing as people flee. Video posted on Youtube by user smodh92. [3]Still from a video showing riot police charging at a peaceful demonstration in Diraz village, Bahrain on 14 February 2011, firing as people flee. Video posted on Youtube by user smodh92. Continue reading