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By Cynthia Johnston and Frederik Richter MANAMA - Bahraini security forces shot at protesters near Pearl Square Friday and wounded at least 23, a former Shi'ite lawmaker said, a day after police forcibly cleared a protest camp from the traffic circle in Manama. "We think it was the army," said Sayed Hadi, of Wefaq, the main Shi'ite bloc which resigned from parliament Thursday. He said he knew of 23 wounded people. The shooting occurred on a day of mourning on which Shi'ites buried four people killed in the police raid on Pearl Square. It also coincided with an appeal for calm and dialogue from the crown prince, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa. "I respect Wefaq, as I respect others. Today is the time to sit down and hold a dialogue, not to fight," he said on Bahrain TV. About 1,000 emotional people gathered outside a hospital, some spilling into the corridors as casualti...

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