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Protests in Persian Gulf gain ground

Bahrainis took to the streets for a third day of pro-democracy rallies as Yemeni demonstrators and police clashed and violence erupted during the first protests in Libya against Muammar Qaddafi.

Bahrainis took to the streets for a third day of pro-democracy rallies as Yemeni demonstrators and police clashed and violence erupted during the first protests in Libya against Muammar Qaddafi.

Bahrain’s interior minister, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa, apologized for the killing of two protesters in clashes with security forces this week, saying an investigation is under way, the official Bahrain News Agency said.

Hundreds gathered yesterday at the funeral of a demonstrator who died yesterday. They demand democracy and the ouster of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, a member of the Sunni Muslim royal family who has held the post for four decades.

The dissent in Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, follows the toppling of autocratic rulers by popular movements in Egypt and Tunisia and marks the spread of unrest into the Persian Gulf.

 
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