Bahrain’s opposition groups are reportedly preparing to make demands of the Gulf state’s rulers, in the aftermath of the Crown Prince withdrawing troops, and the return of Bahraini protestors to their symbolic roundabout.
The anti-government protestors made their way back to the Pearl Roundabout located in the capital city of Manama, following the withdrawal of riot police.
The protestors are now expected to be at the symbolic roundabout for a lengthy period, as they confidently celebrated and made their intentions clear.
Umm Mohammed, who is a teacher and sported a abaya cloak stated; We don’t fear death any more, let the army come and kill us to show the world what kind of savages they are.”
The return of the protestors comes after Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, ordered his army to return to their Barracks and leave the area.
The Crown Prince is now scheduled to enter a national dialogue with his opponents.
The Prince announced on television that he had met one of the conditions put forward by the main Shi’ite opposition; bloc Wefag, where he was requested to remove all troops from the streets.
Bahrain is ruled by the Sunni Muslim Al-Khalifa dynasty, however the majority of their opposition; the Shi’ite, have long complained of alleged discrimination in access to healthcare, housing, and state jobs.
The move from the opposition comes in the aftermath of four protesters who were shot dead at a sit-in protest on February 17, in which 231 people were also wounded.
The number of protestors in the Pearl Roundabout were in the tens of thousands yesterday, and the Shi’ite protestors could be seen celebrating their triumph ahead of the national dialogue between the Crown Prince and the Shi’ite opposition.
The symbolic roundabout returned to a peaceful protest last night, a vague resemblance the tear gas filled area of the past few days.
The demonstrations began on February 14 in the aftermath of the similar revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, in their attempt to topple government leaders.
The Shi’ite opposition have also demanded the release of all political prisoners, along with the resignation of the government, and talks of a new constitution.
The demands by the opposition group will now be presented to the Crown prince who is allegedly viewed as a reformist.
Protests in Libya, Yemen, Morocco, Algeria and Iran. Continue to raise tensions in the Middle East.
There have also been further regional fears following the report of two Iranian warships passing through the Suez Canal and into the Mediterranean.
This choice of action has not been seen since the Islamic revolution of 1979.