US `very concerned` by violence in Bahrain protests

The US has said that it was "very concerned" after two protesters were killed in clashes with police in Bahrain, and urged all sides to exercise restraint.

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2011, 12:05 PM IST

Washington: The US has said that it was
"very concerned" after two protesters were killed in clashes
with police in Bahrain, and urged all sides to exercise
restraint.

"The United States is very concerned by recent
violence surrounding protests in Bahrain," State Department
spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement yesterday.
He welcomed Bahraini government promises to
investigate the deaths of two protesters and to "take legal
action against any unjustified use of force by Bahraini
security forces.

"We urge that it follow through on these statements as
quickly as possible. We also call on all parties to exercise
restraint and refrain from violence," Crowley said.

Thousands of Bahrainis demonstrated in the capital
Manama yesterday demanding regime change in the Gulf kingdom
after two protesters were killed in clashes with police.

The banners and slogans of the Bahraini protesters
echoed those of the demonstrators in Cairo`s Tahrir Square
whose 18 straight days of protest triggered the dramatic end
on Friday of Hosni Mubarak`s 30-year rule.

Cyber activists outraged by the killing of the two
protesters had called for the Manama demonstration on
Facebook.

MPs from Bahrain`s main Shiite opposition bloc walked
out of parliament.

Bahrain suffered deadly unrest in the 1990s between
the majority Shiite population and the Sunni ruling family.

PTI