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Unrest Continues in Bahrain, Iran, Yemen
Pro-Democracy Protests Erupt in Libya
By Democracy Now!
Februari 16, 2011 - A wave of protest inspired by the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia continues today across the Middle East and North Africa. In Bahrain, thousands of anti-government protesters are occupying a square in the capital Manama after two days of clashes with state forces.
In a rare public speech, the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has announced a probe into the shooting deaths of two protesters killed since Monday.
Meanwhile, in Libya, clashes have erupted in the eastern city of Benghazi after protesters took to the streets to denounce the government of longtime ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. At least 14 people were wounded after Libyan forces tried to disperse the crowd. The protests reportedly began after family members of victims killed in a prison massacre 15 years ago rallied following the arrest of a prominent human rights lawyer. Anti-government organizers have called for more protests on Thursday.
In Iran, clashes have erupted today at the funeral of a protester killed during a massive anti-government protest on Monday.
And in Yemen, protests against longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh are escalating as they continue for a sixth consecutive day. Earlier today, government supporters attacked pro-democracy demonstrators as they set off on a march from a university in the capital of Sana’a.
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