Bahrain protesters retake square
Manama, Bahrain – Thousands of joyous Bahrainis retook a major square in the heart of the island nation’s capital Saturday – a dramatic turn of events two days after security forces ousted demonstrators from the spot in a deadly attack.
The sight of citizens streaming into Pearl Roundabout came as the Bahrain royal family made moves designed to end a turbulent week of unrest.
Crown Prince Salman ordered the removal of the military from the Pearl Roundabout, a top demand by opposition forces, and told CNN’s Nic Robertson that citizens would be permitted stay in the spot without fear.
Bahrain’s military said it “successfully completed” its mission of “safeguarding vital areas in the center of the capital” and withdrew to its camps. Police were placed in charge but withdrew from the roundabout on the heels of the military.
The crown prince, who indicated he is deeply sorry for the deaths of protesters, said an investigation will be launched and that those responsible will be held accountable.
Salman also said the government will be embracing talks with all parties, a sign that the government is stepping back from confrontation and embracing dialogue. (CNN)