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The 2011 Bahrain Protests


Violence Flares Again as Bahraini King Seeks Talks
June 30, 2011
Crowds of people gathered to protest against Bahrain's government found themselves on the other end of stun grenades and tear gas canisters, as police took definitive action to clear the streets around Pearl Square, in the country's capital, Manama.

Bahrain Clears Protesters by Force
March 16, 2011
One day after declaring martial law, the government in Bahrain brought out the heavy artillery, sending tanks and helicopters to remove protesters from the streets of Manama, the capital city.

Bahrain Declares Martial Law
March 15, 2011
The King of Bahrain declared martial law, in an attempt to restore order to the country that he rules, after a few weeks of peaceful calls for a more representative government escalated into violent clashes with police.

Saudi Arabia Sends Troops to Support Bahrain
March 13, 2011
The protests against authoritarian and religious government in Bahrain took an unexpected turn as Saudi Arabia announced that it was sending troops to guard Bahrain's government installations.

Religious Fighting Erupts in Bahrain
March 4, 2011
The fighting in Bahrain has turned ugly, as Sunnis and Shiites are fighting along religious lines.

Bahrain Government Now Eager for Dialogue
February 24, 2011

All options are on the table, according to the Bahrain government. The foreign minister, Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, has announced that the government will meet with opposition protesters in an attempt to defuse the situation before it becomes a crisis.

Protesters Swell in Bahrain Square as King Promises Dialogue
February 22, 2011

A massive crowd numbering in the tens of thousands filled Pearl Square in Bahrain's capital, Manama, pressing their demands for a more representative government at the current ruler, King Hamad bin Isa, the latest in a long line of members of the al-Khalifa dynasty.

Protests Gather Strength in Bahrain
February 21, 2011
Another flashpoint of struggle between protesters and a strong central government has emerged in Bahrain, whose leader, King Hamad bin Isa, is the latest in a royal dynasty that stretches back for 200 years.

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