“Bahrain crackdown on protests in Manama’s Pearl Square”

March 16, 2011

Security forces with tanks have overrun a square in the centre of Bahrain’s capital Manama where anti-government protesters have been camped for weeks. At least three civilians were reportedly killed after police fired on mainly Shia protesters. Officials said three police also died. Troops have taken over a hospital treating the wounded. Officials have imposed a curfew and banned protests. The country’s Sunni rulers on Tuesday called in Saudi troops to keep order. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Gulf states were on the “wrong track” in sending in troops to Bahrain. “We find what’s happening in Bahrain alarming. We think that there is no security answer to the aspirations and demands of the demonstrators,” she said in an interview with CBS.

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