The King of Bahrain has said an investigation will be launched after at least three people, including a policemen, were killed in violent clashes between protesters and security forces.
The tiny Gulf state has been hit by a wave of demonstrations since Sunday inspired by those in nearby Egypt and Tunisia.
On Tuesday, thousands of people marched into Bahrain’s capital Manama against the monarchy, some setting up tents and taking money, mirroring what took place in Tahrir square.
In a bid to ease tensions King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa made a rare appearance on TV to condemn the violence and offer his regrets and condolences to the families of the victims.
That address came after a man was killed by police as he attended the funeral of a fellow anti-government protester.
Ruled by a Sunni minority since the 18th century, the majority Shi’ite Muslims are demanding greater equality and political freedom in the Kingdom.