20 Feb '11, 10am

Bahrain urged to reform as protesters hold Pearl Square

Bahrain urged to reform as protesters hold Pearl Square

MANAMA - Bahraini protesters camped out in Manama's Pearl Square on Sunday as police held back amid growing pressure on the Sunni ruling family to open meaningful talks with the Shiite-led opposition. "The night passed off without any problems," said Tahar, a student who had stayed up all night with dozens of other youngsters to guard the central square, which has been the focal point of the demonstrations that have rocked the small but strategic Gulf kingdom since February 14. "We are frightened that the security forces will launch another surprise attack like they did on Thursday," he said, referring to a nocturnal police raid to clear the square which left four people dead. Protesters flocked back to the square on Saturday after the army, which had deployed on the streets of the capital following Thursday's raid, was ordered to return to base. Riot police fired tear gas...

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