Saturday, February 19, 2011

Crown Prince of Bahrain ordered the police to stay away

MANAMA - Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa on Saturday ordered police to "stay away from gatherings, " as protesters returned to the Place de la Perle, a center of protest to Manama.The Crown Prince, Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces, at the same time asked the protesters to disperse "to avoid a confrontation" with police, said the official news agency BNA Bahrain."We order all security forces to withdraw immediately from assembly areas (...) as we ask those gathered to leave these places to avoid hanging, and according to our initiative for a return to calm, "he said.
Thousands of anti-government protesters returned Saturday on Place de la Perle in Manama where they began to erect tents, two days after the violent dispersal of their sit-in, according to an AFP correspondent on the spot.

The crown prince has promised Friday a dialogue with the opposition once calm was restored.

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