Bahrain capital locked down, Libya counts its dead




For the moment, the protests are over in Bahrain. The government actions yesterday moved the protesters out of their camp and they are now banning all activity.

Troops and tanks have locked down Manama, the Bahraini capital, and a ban has been announced on public gatherings as pro-reform supporters bury their dead, a day after a violent security crackdown.

Tanks and armoured personnel carriers were patrolling the streets of Manama on Friday, where checkpoints have been set up by the country’s military.

Riot police using clubs and tear gas broke up a crowd of protesters in the city centre in a pre-dawn swoop on Thursday, killing at least four people.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent, who cannot be named for security reasons, reported from Manama on Friday that thousands of people observed the funerals of three people killed in the police raid on the protesters’ tent in the city’s Pearl roundabout area.

In Libya, the protests were also violent. Al Jazeera reported rumors that the government released prisoners and paid them to attack protesters.


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