Skip to comments.Bahrain Police Fail to Disperse Crowds
Posted on 03/13/2011 3:30:49 PM PDT by mojito
MANAMAPolice firing tear gas and rubber bullets were unable to disperse thousands of mainly Shiite antigovernment protesters who blocked roads and prevented access to buildings in the capital's financial district, posing a further threat to the island's shaky economy.
After briefly succeeding in pushing back about 350 protesters to their stronghold at Pearl roundabout in the morning, the police were later overwhelmed by thousands of demonstrators who occupied a nearby elevated highway and marched back toward the financial district. By evening, protesters set up a series of roadblocks along the King Faisal Highway running through part of the financial district, in an effort to prevent commuters getting to work Monday morning.
It was the second major clash between police and protesters since the military was ordered off the streets nearly three weeks ago. On Friday, hundreds were injured in clashes when demonstrators marched on the royal family offices in Riffa, south of the capital, where they were met by police and hundreds of Sunni government loyalists armed with swords, sticks and clubs.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates met King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and the Crown Prince in Bahrain Saturday in a bid to persuade the ruling family to speed internal change. Mr. Gates said "baby steps" on reform aren't sufficient to stave off a deeper crisis in Bahrain.
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They need to make a counter Facebook page.
I’m getting tired of this Shiite.
Doesn’t Gates have anything better to do? And why on earth is our Secretary of Defense touring the world, advising our allies to stop firing rubber bullets at rioters, because it’s, well, kind of mean.
This is like dominoes. If it gets any further out of hand, we will really be screwed.
And how did Gayboy Gates figure that was any of his damned business?
But won’t the decreases in oil supplies decrease revenues/debt for big government and its business partners? That’s just awful...terrible! I don’t know what I’m going to do...but maybe have some peace, quiet and prosperity.
King Hamad,Tell Gates and Zippy Obama to stuff it ,you are dealing with complete Idiots.