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MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20:  With most school closed, teachers join anti-government protesters at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20: With most school closed, teachers join anti-government protesters at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20:  Anti-government protesters wave flags and demonstrate at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20: Anti-government protesters wave flags and demonstrate at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

CORRECTS DATE  -  A Bahraini anti-government protester holds up a banner with pictures of former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, left, and former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, center, and says in Arabic "who is next?" at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. Bahrain's opposition leaders gathered Sunday to examine offers for talks by Bahrain's rulers after nearly a week of protests and deadly clashes that have sharply divided the strategic Gulf nation.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

CORRECTS DATE - A Bahraini anti-government protester holds up a banner with pictures of former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, left, and former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, center, and says in Arabic "who is next?" at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. Bahrain's opposition leaders gathered Sunday to examine offers for talks by Bahrain's rulers after nearly a week of protests and deadly clashes that have sharply divided the strategic Gulf nation.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Hassan Ammar

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20:  Two doctors embrace after tending to wounded protestors at Salmaniya Medical Complex on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled Pearl roundabout for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20: Two doctors embrace after tending to wounded protestors at Salmaniya Medical Complex on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled Pearl roundabout for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20:  Medical staff attend to an injured anti-government protester Abdul Ridha Mohammed on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters re-occupied Pearl roundabout after the army and police withdrew on Friday, February 18. Opposition leaders are now in talks with the government about the ongoing crisis.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20: Medical staff attend to an injured anti-government protester Abdul Ridha Mohammed on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters re-occupied Pearl roundabout after the army and police withdrew on Friday, February 18. Opposition leaders are now in talks with the government about the ongoing crisis. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20:  Plastic surgeon Sadek al-Karim recovers from his injuries at Salmaniya Medical Complex on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. al-Karim was severely beaten by police while he was trying to attend to injured protesters last Thursday when security forces cleared the Pearl roundabout. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20: Plastic surgeon Sadek al-Karim recovers from his injuries at Salmaniya Medical Complex on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. al-Karim was severely beaten by police while he was trying to attend to injured protesters last Thursday when security forces cleared the Pearl roundabout. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20:  An anti-government protester waves a rose during a demonstration at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day after the police and troops withdrew, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20: An anti-government protester waves a rose during a demonstration at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day after the police and troops withdrew, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

A young Bahraini at an anti-government protester chants slogans at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.  Bahrain's opposition leaders gathered Sunday to examine offers for talks by Bahrain's rulers after nearly a week of protests and deadly clashes that have sharply divided the strategic Gulf nation. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A young Bahraini at an anti-government protester chants slogans at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. Bahrain's opposition leaders gathered Sunday to examine offers for talks by Bahrain's rulers after nearly a week of protests and deadly clashes that have sharply divided the strategic Gulf nation. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Hassan Ammar

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20:  Children make drawings in a makeshift daycare as their parents demonstrate at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20: Children make drawings in a makeshift daycare as their parents demonstrate at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20:  Anti-government protesters wave flags and demonstrate at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20: Anti-government protesters wave flags and demonstrate at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

An anti-government protester faces off against the Bahraini army during a clash with security forces near the Pearl roundabout on February 18, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain

An anti-government protester faces off against the Bahraini army during a clash with security forces near the Pearl roundabout on February 18, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain

An anti-government protester faces off against the Bahraini army during a clash with security forces near the Pearl roundabout on February 18, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain

An anti-government protester faces off against the Bahraini army during a clash with security forces near the Pearl roundabout on February 18, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain

John Moore

An unidentified Bahraini with blood from the injured stands in front of army tanks near the Pearl roundabout Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Manama, Bahrain. Soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban Friday and streamed toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders. (AP Photo)

An unidentified Bahraini with blood from the injured stands in front of army tanks near the Pearl roundabout Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Manama, Bahrain. Soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban Friday and streamed toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders. (AP Photo)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Protesters run from a cloud of teargas during a clash with Bahraini security forces near the Pearl roundabout on February 18, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters said that the army fired on them with live rounds, followed by teargas which drove the demonstrators back. There are unconfirmed reports that there are four dead in the clashes.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)  ***BESTPIX***

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Protesters run from a cloud of teargas during a clash with Bahraini security forces near the Pearl roundabout on February 18, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters said that the army fired on them with live rounds, followed by teargas which drove the demonstrators back. There are unconfirmed reports that there are four dead in the clashes. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

John Moore

An unidentified Bahraini man reacts after he helped an anti-government protester who was injured during a demonstration in Manama, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders. (AP Photo)

An unidentified Bahraini man reacts after he helped an anti-government protester who was injured during a demonstration in Manama, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders. (AP Photo)

A family member cries out at a funeral of an anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain

A family member cries out at a funeral of an anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain

John Moore

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Friends and family members mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Friends and family members mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Women mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried on Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Women mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried on Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Friends and family members mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Friends and family members mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  People attend a funeral for slain anti-government protester Mahmood Makki on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried on Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: People attend a funeral for slain anti-government protester Mahmood Makki on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried on Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Family members mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Family members mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Friends and family members mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Friends and family members mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

Bahraini worshippers react with tears and shouts against the regime during midday prayers Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in the Shiite Muslim village of Diraz, Bahrain, as Sheik Isa Qassim, Bahrain's top Shiite cleric, called the government assault on protesters at Pearl Square early Thursday a "massacre".  (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Bahraini worshippers react with tears and shouts against the regime during midday prayers Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in the Shiite Muslim village of Diraz, Bahrain, as Sheik Isa Qassim, Bahrain's top Shiite cleric, called the government assault on protesters at Pearl Square early Thursday a "massacre". (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Hasan Jamali

** GRAPHIC CONTENT ** An unidentified Bahraini anti-government protestor is carried to a vehicle to be taken to a hospital after being wounded during a demonstration in Manama, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders.  (AP Photo)

** GRAPHIC CONTENT ** An unidentified Bahraini anti-government protestor is carried to a vehicle to be taken to a hospital after being wounded during a demonstration in Manama, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders. (AP Photo)

An unidentified Bahraini anti-government protestor is carried to a vehicle to be taken to a hospital after being wounded during a demonstration in Manama, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders. (AP Photo)

An unidentified Bahraini anti-government protestor is carried to a vehicle to be taken to a hospital after being wounded during a demonstration in Manama, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders. (AP Photo)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Mourners march during a funeral procession for a slain anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Mourners march during a funeral procession for a slain anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Pro-government demonstrators ride atop a car during a show of support for the monarchy on February 18, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Anti-government protesters were fired at with live ammunitions, with protesters saying it was followed by teargas, which drove the demonstrators back. There are unconfirmed reports that there are four dead in the clashes.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Pro-government demonstrators ride atop a car during a show of support for the monarchy on February 18, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Anti-government protesters were fired at with live ammunitions, with protesters saying it was followed by teargas, which drove the demonstrators back. There are unconfirmed reports that there are four dead in the clashes. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Pro-government demonstrators ride atop cars during a show of support for the monarchy on February 18, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Anti-government protesters were fired at with live ammunitions, with protesters saying it was followed by teargas, which drove the demonstrators back. There are unconfirmed reports that there are four dead in the clashes.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Pro-government demonstrators ride atop cars during a show of support for the monarchy on February 18, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Anti-government protesters were fired at with live ammunitions, with protesters saying it was followed by teargas, which drove the demonstrators back. There are unconfirmed reports that there are four dead in the clashes. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Mourners march during a funeral procession for a slain anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Mourners march during a funeral procession for a slain anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Mourners embrace at a funeral for a slain anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Mourners embrace at a funeral for a slain anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  A woman mourns during a funeral procession for a slain anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SITRA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 18: A woman mourns during a funeral procession for a slain anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

Anti-government demonstrators flee after being attacked by Bahraini riot police at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain.

Anti-government demonstrators flee after being attacked by Bahraini riot police at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain.

Hasan Jamali

Mourners pray during the funeral for Fadhel Salman al-Matrook on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, in Manama, Bahrain. Al-Matrook was killed Tuesday when police tried to stop a funeral march for another Bahraini killed in anti-government protests. Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressures in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Mourners pray during the funeral for Fadhel Salman al-Matrook on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, in Manama, Bahrain. Al-Matrook was killed Tuesday when police tried to stop a funeral march for another Bahraini killed in anti-government protests. Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressures in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Hasan Jamali

Mourners carry the body of Fadhel Salman al-Matrook to a Manama, Bahrain, cemetery Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. Al-Matrook was killed when police tried to stop a funeral march Tuesday for another anti-government demonstrator. Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressures in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Mourners carry the body of Fadhel Salman al-Matrook to a Manama, Bahrain, cemetery Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. Al-Matrook was killed when police tried to stop a funeral march Tuesday for another anti-government demonstrator. Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressures in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Hasan Jamali

Bahrani riot policemen are seen after attacking demonstrators camping at the Pearl roundabout in Manama.

Bahrani riot policemen are seen after attacking demonstrators camping at the Pearl roundabout in Manama.

Hassan Ammar

Bahraini anti-government demonstrators take an injured protester to a hospital in Manama, Bahrain

Bahraini anti-government demonstrators take an injured protester to a hospital in Manama, Bahrain

Hassan Ammar

Women weep outside the morgue after at least four people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011

Women weep outside the morgue after at least four people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17:  The closed Seef shopping mall is lit up at dusk after police cracked down on an anti-government demonstrators encampment, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17: The closed Seef shopping mall is lit up at dusk after police cracked down on an anti-government demonstrators encampment, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17:  Women weep outside a hospital morgue after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Women weep outside a hospital morgue after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17:  A mother holds her injured son inside a hospital after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17: A mother holds her injured son inside a hospital after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17:  Anti-government protesters lie down to rest just hours before police cracked down on their encampment, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Anti-government protesters lie down to rest just hours before police cracked down on their encampment, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17:  Anti-government protesters attend an overnight demonstration just hours before police cracked down on their encampment, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Anti-government protesters attend an overnight demonstration just hours before police cracked down on their encampment, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17:  Part of Bahrain's skyline is seen at dusk after police cracked down on an anti-government demonstrators encampment nearby, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Part of Bahrain's skyline is seen at dusk after police cracked down on an anti-government demonstrators encampment nearby, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17:  Women weep outside a hospital morgue after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Women weep outside a hospital morgue after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17:  Anti-government protesters cheer along a highway just hours before police cracked down on their encampment, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Anti-government protesters cheer along a highway just hours before police cracked down on their encampment, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17:  Women weep outside a hospital morgue after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Women weep outside a hospital morgue after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17:  Anti-government protesters attend an overnight demonstration just hours before police cracked down on their encampment, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Anti-government protesters attend an overnight demonstration just hours before police cracked down on their encampment, killing at least four demonstrators and wounding many more early on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight using batons and tear gas to clear pro-democracy protesters from their makeshift camp, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Protests have erupted against the absolute monarchy in Bahrain as anti-government turmoil continues to spread across the Middle East. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

John Moore

In this image from video riot police firing tear gas and wielding clubs storm Pearl Square occupied by anti-government protesters before dawn Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands to bring sweeping political changes to the kingdom. (AP Photo/Tony Mitchell, HO)

In this image from video riot police firing tear gas and wielding clubs storm Pearl Square occupied by anti-government protesters before dawn Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands to bring sweeping political changes to the kingdom. (AP Photo/Tony Mitchell, HO)

Tony Mitchell

Bahraini anti-government demonstrators shout anti-goverment slogans after riot police attacked demonstrators in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011.  Some people appeared unbowed as armed patrols prowled neighborhoods and tanks appeared in the streets for the first time Thursday after riot police with tear gas and clubs drove protesters from a main square where they had demanded sweeping political change in this tiny kingdom. Medical officials said four people were killed. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Bahraini anti-government demonstrators shout anti-goverment slogans after riot police attacked demonstrators in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. Some people appeared unbowed as armed patrols prowled neighborhoods and tanks appeared in the streets for the first time Thursday after riot police with tear gas and clubs drove protesters from a main square where they had demanded sweeping political change in this tiny kingdom. Medical officials said four people were killed. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Hassan Ammar

Anti-government demonstrators' damaged tents are seen at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011, after riot police attacked them. Riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed a landmark square occupied by anti-government protesters Thursday, driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands to bring sweeping political changes to the kingdom. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Anti-government demonstrators' damaged tents are seen at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011, after riot police attacked them. Riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed a landmark square occupied by anti-government protesters Thursday, driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands to bring sweeping political changes to the kingdom. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Hassan Ammar

A Bahraini anti-government demonstrator shows tear gas canisters fired by riot police attacking campers at the Pearl roundabout, in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. Riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed a landmark square occupied by anti-government protesters Thursday, driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands to bring sweeping political changes to the kingdom. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A Bahraini anti-government demonstrator shows tear gas canisters fired by riot police attacking campers at the Pearl roundabout, in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. Riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed a landmark square occupied by anti-government protesters Thursday, driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands to bring sweeping political changes to the kingdom. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Hassan Ammar

Bahraini soldiers in tanks and armored vehicles stand ready Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, near a main highway west of the capital of Manama, Bahrain. Armed patrols prowled neighborhoods and tanks appeared in the streets for the first time Thursday after riot police with tear gas and clubs drove protesters from a main square where they had demanded sweeping political change in this tiny kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Bahraini soldiers in tanks and armored vehicles stand ready Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, near a main highway west of the capital of Manama, Bahrain. Armed patrols prowled neighborhoods and tanks appeared in the streets for the first time Thursday after riot police with tear gas and clubs drove protesters from a main square where they had demanded sweeping political change in this tiny kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Hasan Jamali

A Bahraini anti-government demonstrator works on her laptop in a tent camping out in protest at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A Bahraini anti-government demonstrator works on her laptop in a tent camping out in protest at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Hassan Ammar

Bahraini soldiers in tanks and armoured vehicles stand ready  near a main road west of the capital Manama.

Bahraini soldiers in tanks and armoured vehicles stand ready near a main road west of the capital Manama.

Hasan Jamali

Bahraini anti-government demonstrators watch a soccer game between Barcelona and Arsenal on a TV projector while camping out in protest at the Pearl roundabout in Manama.

Bahraini anti-government demonstrators watch a soccer game between Barcelona and Arsenal on a TV projector while camping out in protest at the Pearl roundabout in Manama.

Hassan Ammar

Bahraini anti-government protesters prepare for a second night camping out at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, before the assault by riot police.

Bahraini anti-government protesters prepare for a second night camping out at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, before the assault by riot police.

Hasan Jamali

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MANAMA, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 20: With most school closed, teachers join anti-government protesters at the Pearl roundabout on February 20, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters filled the square for another day, as the government and oppostion leaders engaged in talks to resolve the weeklong uprising. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The tens of thousands gathering again yesterday at the Pearl roundabout – most of them Shia but some of them Sunni Muslims – dressed themselves in Bahraini flags, just as the Cairo millions wore Egyptian flags in Tahrir Square.

But this miniature sultanist kingdom is not yet experiencing a revolution. The uprising of the country's 70 per cent – or is it 80 per cent? – Shia population is more a civil rights movement than a mass of republican rebels, but Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa had better meet their demands quickly if he doesn't want an insurrection.



Indeed, the calls for an end to the entire 200-year-old Khalifa family rule in Bahrain are growing way ahead of the original aims of this explosion of anger: an elected prime minister, a constitutional monarchy, an end to discrimination. The cries of disgust at the Khalifas are much louder, the slogans more incendiary; and the vast array of supposedly opposition personalities talking to the Crown Prince is far behind the mood of the crowds who were yesterday erecting makeshift homes – tented, fully carpeted, complete with tea stalls and portable lavatories – in the very centre of Manama. The royal family would like them to leave but they have no intention of doing so. Yesterday, thousands of employees of the huge Alba aluminium plant marched to the roundabout to remind King Hamad and the Crown Prince that a powerful industrial and trade union movement now lies behind this sea of largely Shia protesters.



Yet Crown Prince Salman talks more about stability, calm, security and "national cohesion" than serious electoral and constitutional reform. Is he trying to "do a Mubarak" and make promises – genuine ones for the moment, perhaps, but kingly pledges do tend to fade with "stability" and time – which will not be met?



In an interview with CNN, he acknowledged the Belfast parallels, exclaiming that "what we don't want to do, like in Northern Ireland, is to descend into militia warfare or sectarianism". But the crazed shooting of the Bahraini army on Thursday evening – 50 wounded, three critically, one already pronounced brain dead – was a small-size Bloody Sunday and it didn't take long for the original civil rights movement in Northern Ireland to be outrun by a new IRA. Clearly, the royal family has been shocked at the events of the last week. Sultan al-Khalifa's admission that "this is not the Bahrain I know, I never thought I would see the day that something like this would happen" proves as much. But his words suggest that this huge manifestation of public fury was merely provoked by television pictures of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions. For the record, the Shia rebellion against the country's Sunni rulers has been going on for years, with hundreds of political prisoners tortured in four prisons in and around Manama, their tormentors often from the Jordanian army – just as many Bahraini soldiers come from the Punjab and Baluchistan in Pakistan. Yesterday, there were repeated demands for the release of political prisoners, banners carrying photographs of young men who are still in jail years after their original sentencing: they run into the hundreds.



Then there are the disturbing stories of the refrigerated trucks which reportedly took dozens of corpses for secret burial, perhaps in Saudi Arabia. These could be part of the carapace of rumour that has settled over the events of the past few days, but now some of the names of the disappeared – men who were present at the shootings near the Pearl roundabout last week – are known.



Twelve of their names have just been released. So where is 14-year-old Ahmed Salah Issa, Hossein Hassan Ali, aged 18, Ahmed Ali Mohsen, 25 and Badria Abda Ali, a woman of unknown age? And where is Hani Mohamed Ali, 27, Mahdi al-Mahousi, 24, Mohamed Abdullah, 18, Hamed Abdullah al-Faraj, 21, Fadel Jassem, 45, and Hossein Salman, 48? English residents of a nearby apartment block were warned before the shooting that if they took photographs of the soldiers, they would be shot.

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Hassan Ali Radhi, the youngest of the 18 Bahrain Shia MPs, agrees that there is an increasing gap now between demonstrators and the official political opposition that is being sought out by Crown Prince Salman.



"We are waiting for an initiative from the Crown Prince," he told me. "He has not mentioned reform or constitutional monarchy and a fully elected parliament. If people have a properly elected government, including the prime minister, they will blame their representatives if things go wrong. Now, they blame the King.



"What we are suggesting is a removal of the barriers between the people and the ruling family. When Hillary Clinton came to Bahrain, I told her that we don't want to see the US 5th Fleet in Bahrain [its military headquarters] as an obstacle to change, but currently, Bahrain is the worst strategic ally for the US."



The head of the Alba factory trade union, Ali Bin Ali – who is a Sunni – warned that his members could go on strike if they wanted to. "Now that people have been shot down on the roads, we will be political," he said.



Which, of course, is not what the Crown Prince wants to hear.


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