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Bahraini Shi'ites protest at U.S. embassy

Sunday, March 06, 2011 - 01:30

Mar 7 - Shi'ites protesting at the U.S. embassy in Bahrain are greeted with doughnuts and an invitation to talk. Travis Brecher reports.

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Bahraini Shi'ite protesters stage a peaceful demonstration outside the U.S. embassy -- as discontent with the monarchy continues to escalate. They want assurance that the U.S. will not back Bahrain's monarchy. But their chants quickly turned to smiles when a political officer for the U.S. embassy emerged and offered everyone doughnuts. He also took time to speak with the leaders of the rally. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic/English) MEMBER OF ISLAMIC ACTION SOCIETY, SHEIKH MOHAMAD HASSAN IBRAHIM, SAYING TO LUDOVIC: "We hope to come here again and share sweets with you after the fall of the regime." The U.S. political officer said the embassy encourages dialogue between all parties. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POLITICAL OFFICER FOR U.S. EMBASSY IN BAHRAIN, LUDOVIC HOOD, SAYING: "The embassy is in daily contact with all kind of different civil society and political factors here in Bahrain, we continue to think that engaging in some kind of talks is the right way forward." Bahrain, which is home the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, is ruled by the Sunni al-Khalifa family -- and its majority Shi'ites complain of discrimination in jobs, housing, and social services. Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa has said the protests would be allowed to continue but must remain peaceful. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Bahraini Shi'ites protest at U.S. embassy

Sunday, March 06, 2011 - 01:30