Bahrain Mourners Call for Toppling of Monarchy

Bahrain Mourners Call for Toppling of Monarchy

Thousands of mourners called for the downfall of Bahrain's ruling monarchy.

Published February 18, 2011

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Thousands of mourners called for the downfall of Bahrain's ruling monarchy and worshippers at Friday prayers chanted against the king as anger shifted toward the nation's highest authorities after a deadly assault on pro-reform protesters that has brought army tanks into the streets of one of the most strategic Western allies in the Gulf. The cries against the king and his inner circle — at a main Shiite mosque and at burials for those killed in Thursday's crushing attack — reflect an important escalation of the political uprising, which began with calls to weaken the Sunni monarchy's power and address claims of discrimination against the Shiite majority in the tiny island nation.

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