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Feb 15, 2012

Over 120 hurt in Bahrain clashes, dialogue sought

MANAMA (Reuters) – More than 120 protesters have been wounded in clashes with police in Bahrain this week, activists said on Wednesday, and a Shi’ite politician said contacts to resolve the Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchy’s year-long crisis had begun.

Activists using the name “February 14 Youth Coalition” called for more demonstrations a day after protests to mark the first anniversary of a violently suppressed pro-democracy uprising.

Feb 15, 2012

Bahrain forces patrol capital on revolt anniversary

MANAMA (Reuters) – Armored vehicles patrolled Bahrain’s capital on Tuesday in a security clampdown to deter protesters after overnight clashes outside Manama on the first anniversary of a forcibly suppressed pro-democracy uprising.

Youths threw petrol bombs at police cars during skirmishes before dawn, prompting authorities to flood Shi’ite villages around Manama with police reinforcements backed by helicopters.

Feb 14, 2012

One year on, Bahrain riven by political, sectarian conflict

MANAMA (Reuters) – One year after Bahrainis, inspired by uprisings in fellow Arab countries, occupied a central public space in Manama their demands for political reform remain unmet, the economy has drawn almost to a halt and sectarian suspicion tears at the fabric of a small island with big strategic punch.

The protests began as a spontaneous movement embracing people from both the majority Shi’ite community as well as Sunnis, cutting across religious and class divides, with demands for broad political, social and economic reform.

Feb 14, 2012

Bahrain set for fresh protests on revolt anniversary

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahraini protesters dissatisfied with the government’s reform moves prepared for a fresh attempt to retake a landmark roundabout on Tuesday, the first anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising crushed by the Gulf Arab kingdom.

Unrest among majority Shi’ite Muslims has revived, posing a sensitive new challenge to the Sunni Muslim ruling elite who have been an important strategic ally of the West by hosting the U.S. Fifth Fleet to counter Shi’ite Iran across the Gulf.

Feb 13, 2012

Clashes in Bahrain on eve of uprising anniversary

MANAMA (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters marched in the Bahraini capital Manama Monday, trying to retake a landmark roundabout and blocking a highway on the eve of the first anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf Arab kingdom.

Inspired by revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, Bahrainis – mainly from the Shi’ite majority – took to the streets on February 14, 2011 to demand democratic reform. The Sunni Muslim-led government crushed the protests a month later.

Feb 13, 2012

Bahrain serious on reform but youth violence poses obstacle

MANAMA (Reuters) – A top U.S. lawman hired by Bahrain to help clean up its security practices after revelations of torture used to help crush a protest movement last year said the government was serious about reforms and but youth violence was posing obstacles.

Opposition parties, led mainly by majority Shi’ite Muslims, want reforms to let the elected parliament form governments and reduce the power of the ruling Sunni Muslim Al Khalifa family, making Bahrain the first Western-style democracy in the Gulf.

Feb 13, 2012

Bahrain serious on reform but youth violence poses

MANAMA (Reuters) – A top U.S. lawman hired by Bahrain to help clean up its security practices after revelations of torture used to help crush a protest movement last year said the government was serious about reforms and but youth violence was posing obstacles.

Opposition parties, led mainly by majority Shi’ite Muslims, want reforms to let the elected parliament form governments and reduce the power of the ruling Sunni Muslim Al Khalifa family, making Bahrain the first Western-style democracy in the Gulf.

Feb 13, 2012

Clashes in Bahrain, king warns against disunity

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahraini riot police waged pitched battles with petrol-bomb throwing youths on Sunday as violence escalated before the February 14 anniversary of an uprising last year, while King Hamad suggested protesters calling for his overthrow was a “problem for national unity.”

Teenagers blocked off streets in the village of Sanabis, taunting police as “cowards” and “mercenaries” because some are thought to be Pakistani or Yemeni. A policeman shouted to people to get indoors. “This gathering is illegal,” he said.

Feb 12, 2012

Clashes in Bahrain, king mocks opponents’ “bad manners”

MAMAMA (Reuters) – Bahraini riot police engaged in pitched battles with petrol-bomb throwing youths on Sunday as violence escalated ahead of the February 14 anniversary of an uprising last year, while King Hamad mocked the opposition for its “bad manners.”

Teenagers blocked off streets in the village of Sanabis, taunting police as “cowards” and “mercenaries” because some are thought to be Pakistani or Yemeni. A policeman shouted to people to get indoors. “This gathering is illegal,” he said.

Feb 12, 2012

Bahrain king dismisses opposition as disunited

MAMAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s King Hamad dismissed the country’s opposition movement as disunited and said the threat of Iran had compelled him to call in foreign troops to crush last year’s uprising.

“In a sense there is no ‘opposition’ in Bahrain, as the phrase implies one unified block with the same views,” the king said extracts from an interview with Der Spiegel.

    • About Andrew

      "I write on Iranian and Gulf Arab politics, based in Dubai. I was previously based in Riyadh, in charge of Reuters Saudi small but growing editorial operation, and before that was based in Egypt. I have also reported for Reuters from Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Israel and the Occupied Territories. I am the author of two books, "Popular Culture in the Arab World" and "What the Arabs Think of America", and read Arabic, Farsi and French."
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