Bahrain’s military has imposed a curfew in the capital and banned all public demonstrations across the country.
Armoured vehicles are now said to have moved into areas where a mass protest was organised on the internet for Wednesday. The demonstration failed to materialise but at least six people were reported killed and hundreds more injured when police cleared demonstrators from Pearl Square in the capital, Manama. It follows weeks of popular unrest in the Sunni minority ruled monarchy.
In a live television broadcast, a Bahraini defence official blamed the violence on the protesters: “They’ve set up barriers and burned tents. We’ve been shot at from all sides. Some people have even run over police officers with their cars,” said the official.
Hospital sources say three policemen and at least three protesters were killed in the latest assault that began a day after Bahrain declared martial law.