Thousands of Bahrainis march against regime
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 22:07
Manama: Thousands demonstrators on Saturday marched in Manama to demand the Sunni ruling regime stand down, upping pressure on the government one day after tens of thousands flooded the streets.

"Leave Hamad, leave Hamad" and "Down Hamad, down Hamad," chanted the flag-waving demonstrators as they poured out of Pearl Square, epicentre of the protests which began on February 14.

"The people want to topple the regime," they roared as they formed a procession towards a major highway, blocking traffic.

Manama's Pearl Square has been transformed into a makeshift camp where protesters have kept daily kept vigil in hundreds of tents.

Official opposition groups have stopped short of demanding outright regime change, instead calling for major reforms, including an elected prime minister and the creation of a "real" constitutional monarchy.

Seven people were killed last week in a police raid on a protests against the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty, which has ruled for some 200 years in the majority Shiite kingdom.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 22:07

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