Anti-government demonstrations in Bahrain ended in panic on Friday. An unarmed crowd marched towards the capital, Manama’s Pearl square, and was met with gunfire from the mostly foreign mercenary security forces for the second day running.
More than 60 people are reported to have been injured in the clashes. Many have gunshot wounds to the head and upper body.
The fusillade came just hours after the country’s crown prince appealed for calm and dialogue. President Barack Obama then phoned King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa condemning the violence and urging restraint.
A young woman spoke to euronews from a hospital where the wounded are being treated, first in Arabic, then English.
“We are in Salmaniyah hospital. We’re away from the place where the clashes are happening. But we can hear the clashes, the explosions. A witness just came from there and said the ground was red. The ground is red, painted with blood,” she said.
About 1000 angry protesters gathered outside the hospital, spilling into the corridors.
The fresh violence came on the same day that funerals were held for the four people killed when police broke up a protest camp on Thursday.
More than 230 others were wounded in the raid, which the country’s leading Shi’ite cleric is calling a “massacre”.