Thousands of people have camped out overnight in Bahrain’s Pearl Square after the leadership ordered the army and then riot police to withdraw yesterday. Many protesters began early on Sunday morning, calling on the King and his inner circle to leave immediately. Bahrain’s opposition is expected to present its demands to the Gulf State’s crown prince today. Those include the release of all political prisoners, resignation of the government and talks on a new constitution.
Addressing the crowds last night, the head of Bahrain’s main Shi’ite bloc hailed the success of the protests, in spite of a bloody crackdown that has seen at least six people killed and dozens injured since last Monday.