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Bahrain to free prisoners as government supporters rally

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Bahrain to free prisoners as government supporters rally


Thousands have marched in Bahrain on Tuesday at the funeral of a man killed during anti-government protests.

He was the seventh victim to die in clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

The opposition are hoping to put more pressure on the authorities with another large rally planned later.

Protesters woke up on Tuesday morning in Pearl Square to news that the king had ordered the release of some Shi’ite prisoners, one of the opposition’s demands before they agree to talks with the ruling royals.

However one Shi’ite opposition figure was quoted as saying the move only concerned a group of about 25 militants.

The newspapers highlighted a counter demonstration on Monday night in support of the government and its offer of dialogue.

Organisers of the rally announced the creation of a new “Movement for national unity”. Made up notably of Sunni dignitaries, it says Bahrain’s stability is an absolute priority.

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