Anti-government demonstrators camped in the centre of Bahrain’s capital Manama have been joined by 1,500 striking teachers, all calling for the downfall of the regime.
There is little sign of the revolt letting up, but the atmosphere has eased considerably after the deaths of seven people in the past week.
One of the teachers, Yasser Abd Hussein, said: “We have left the schools and declared a general strike. We’ll stay here until the departure of this regime.”
Another protester, Madeen Ali Ahmed, said: “The massacre led us to increase our demands, from reshuffling the government to its complete removal.”
Bahrain’s King has asked his son the Crown Prince to start talks with all parties but the opposition are reluctant to enter into dialogue after the bloodshed of recent days.
Their demands include a true constitutional monarchy that would give Bahrainis a greater role in a directly elected government.
Seventy per cent of the population are Shi-ite Muslims but they are a minority in the parliament.
The Sunni Muslim Al-Khalifa royal family, who have ruled Bahrain for 200 years, dominate the cabinet.