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Protesters retake key square in Bahrain

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Protesters retake key square in Bahrain


In Bahrain, anti-government protesters have retaken Pearl Square in the capital Manama, ending a standoff with the army and riot police.

Military forces retreated from the symbolic square after the crown prince ordered them to pull back.

They were meant to be replaced by police but the protesters had other ideas.

It came after Bahrain’s crown prince called for peace and stability in an address on national television. He promised to open a dialogue with all parties to heal divisions and to avoid a crisis.

The crown prince also called for a national day of mourning for the “sons we have lost,” the state news agency reported.

The retaking of Pearl Square is being widely portrayed by anti-government protestors as a victory after yesterday’s deadly violence. At least 60 people were wounded when security forces opened fire. Four of the victims are said to be critically ill.

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