Police storm square occupied by anti-government protesters, use tear gas, rubber bullets as 1000s gather in capital Manama; 2 reported dead.
MANAMA, Bahrain — At least 50 armored vehicles were seen in Bahraini capital city Manama’s Pearl Square early Thursday, Israel Radio Reported. Only hours before, riot police were firing tear gas and wielding clubs as they stormed the landmark square occupied by anti-government protesters, driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands to bring sweeping political changes to the kingdom.
The main opposition group Al Wefaq said at least two people were killed in the assault on Pearl Square, which was littered with flattened tents, trampled banners and broken glass. There was no official word on deaths or injuries, but hospitals treated dozens of people with serious gaping wounds, broken bones and respiratory problems from the tear gas. LINK HERE