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Thousands of Opposition Protesters Rally in Bahrain

Published on 17 February 2013, by M. Tomazy.
By Michael Rivero
Thousands of opposition supporters held demonstrations in Bahrain's capital Friday, leading to clashes for a second day.

Anti-government protesters jammed a major highway that links several Shi'ite-populated areas to the capital, Manama, to mark the second anniversary of an uprising against the country's Sunni rulers.

The march along the main highway was largely peaceful, however breakaway groups clashed with riot police in nearby neighborhoods. Witnesses say demonstrators threw stones and police fired tear gas.

Friday's demonstrations began early in the morning and lasted almost all day.

During protests on Thursday, a teenage boy was killed by police gunfire on the outskirts of the capital. And overnight Thursday to Friday, a policeman in Manama died after being hit by a homemade explosive.

Memo to Secretary of State Kerry; right up at the top of your "to-do" list, you had better put in a phone call to the Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy's government in Bahrain, and tell them to cool their jets regarding their treatment of these peaceful protestors. 
IF these protests become violent and the government is toppled, the US Navy's 5th Fleet may well lose Bahrain as its home port, and the subsequent government may be virulently anti-American, courtesy of the enabling the US government has done for a dictatorial government which does not grant its primarily Shiite citizens even basic human rights.
(What really happened)