Thursday, February 17, 2011

Demonstrators held a “Day of Wrath” in Bahrain on February 14th. After initial clashes with police, including two deaths of civilians, the protests were allowed to continue

Then in the bleak hours of the morning, on Feb. 17, the police moved in with batons, truncheons and tear gas to roust the sleeping demonstrators, who comprised young and old, and fairly representative sample of the population.  Initial reports indicate that two were killed, and others were injured seriously.

An amateur video of the police action.  Try this link:

CNN report

With the exemplars of Tunisia and Egypt in plain view, not to mention the previous patterns of protest in Bahrain, it would seem quite doubtful that King Hamad’s police have quelled the
demonstrators desire to see substantive change.

The BBC summarizes what the Bahraini demonstrators say they want:

Prisoners to be released.
More jobs and housing.
The creation of a more representative government and empowered parliament.
Release of political prisoners.
Replacement of the famously corrupt Prime Minister Shaykh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who has been in office for 40 years (he is the only prime minister has ever had)

Local web sites of note:

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