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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bahrain and Bahraini News

Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain  is a borderless island country in the Persian Gulf .
Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway (officially opened on November 25, 1986)and
Qatar is to the south across the Persian Gulf. The Qatar–Bahrain Friendship Bridge, currently being planned, will link Bahrain to Qatar as the longest fixed link in the world.

Thousands of supporters of Bahrain's Shiite-led opposition poured into a Manama square calling for the government's downfall in the largest rally in more than a week of protests.

 Those leading the protest carried a large banner reading, "The march of loyalty to martyrs" which bore the pictures of seven protesters killed by security forces.

Another poster strung from a bridge read in English, "No dialogue before the downfall of the ruling regime".
 "The people want the fall of the regime," protesters chanted in unison, waving red-and-white Bahraini flags as they swarmed into Pearl Square

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators cut off Bahrain's financial center and drove back police trying to push them from the capital's central square - shaking the tiny island kingdom Sunday with the most disruptive protests since calls more freedom erupted a month ago. 

Demonstrators also clashed with security forces and government supporters on the campus of the main university in Baharain

The clashes fueled fears that Bahrain's political crisis could be stumbling toward open sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, who account for 70 percent of the nation's 525,000 people
Bahrain's rulers asked neighbouring Arab states to send troops to help quell the violent protests that have raged for a month and escalated again this week.
Anti-govt protesters shout slogans at Riot Policemen as they block a road in Manama.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have all responded to the request by sending troops.Bahrain's rulers have offered to hold talks with opposition leaders but so far it has not been enough to satisfy the protesters' demands

Saudi Troops Crossing the causeway leading to Baharain

Forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council  (GCC) arrived in Baharain
The GCC forces are expected to protect strategic facilities, such as oil, electricity and water installations, as also financial and banking facilities.GCC comprises Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman

Bahrain govt loyalists ask king to impose martial law

The Pro-Government lawmakers asked the government to enforce martial law for three months to insure public safety and national stability threatened by what it called "extremist" elements

Bahrain's king declared martial law

on Tuesday15.03.2011 as his government struggled to quell an uprising by the island's Shi'ite Muslim majority .The three-month state of emergency will hand wholesale power to Bahrain's security forces, which are dominated by the Sunni Muslim elite, stoking sectarian tensions in one of the Gulf's most politically volatile nations

US Opposes Military Solution to Bahrain Crisis  

US has urged the Bahraini government to pursue "a peaceful and meaningful dialogue" with the opposition rather than "resorting to the use of force" and respond to the grievances and the desires of the Bahrainians


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