MANAMA, BAHRAIN — American calls for Bahrain’s government to negotiate with protesters fell on deaf ears Thursday after the arrest of seven movement leaders in early-morning raids left it unclear who could speak for the opposition.
(Reuters) - The leader of the largest Bahraini opposition group on Thursday called on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to withdraw his forces from the Gulf Arab state, which has been rocked by protests over the past month.
MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain reduced curfew times by four hours on Saturday and said ministries and schools would return to normal working hours after a crackdown on mainly Shi'ite protesters raised tensions
Days after the Bahraini government banned demonstrations by opponents, about 2,000 residents of the mostly Shiite Muslim village of Sitra turned a funeral into the first protest under a new three-month state of emergency, a show of deepening resistance against the regime. The government has arrested more dissidents and human rights workers, destroying their homes and also beating relatives, witnesses said. Many other activists have now gone into hiding in this tiny country, their family members said. The regime also demolished the towering national monument at Pearl Square traffic circle, where demonstrators had gathered for weeks before their rout Wednesday. In Sitra, a long-time target of government raids, a funeral procession for a man killed by state security transformed into a protest against Bahrain's Sunni Muslim royal family.
(Reuters) - Hundreds of Bahrainis gathered on Friday to bury an activist killed in a crackdown on mainly Shi'ite Muslim protesters that has angered Iran and raised tensions in the world's largest oil-exporting region.
While the American and international debate over Libya continues, the situation in Bahrain has just taken a sharp turn for the worse. A brutal crackdown on the protestors followed the controversial entry of security forces from Saudi Arabia and three other GCC states.
Bahraini authorities have reinforced their crackdown to quell the pro-democracy uprising in their country by arresting top opposition figures in the early hours on Thursday, amid growing international opposition to the heavy use of force by the regime, backed by foreign forces.
A leading opposition figure in Bahrain said Thursday that government security forces were attacking villages and towns in their effort to subdue an uprising -- and accused them of committing a crime against humanity.