February 16th, 2011
11:30 PM ET

Police move in to clear protesters from Bahrain's capital

CNN Wire Staff

Manama, Bahrain (CNN) - At least two people were killed early Thursday morning when Bahraini police swarmed into the capital, Manama, to roust protesters from the Pearl Roundabout, emergency hospital services said.

The area had become a magnet for protesters angered by the killing of two demonstrators by security forces earlier this week. After largely leaving the protesters alone for the past two days, hundreds of white-helmeted police swarmed the roundabout about 3:30 a.m. Thursday (7:30 p.m. Wednesday ET).

An ABC reporter was attacked while on the phone, describing the scene for the network. Miguel Marquez could be heard shouting on the audiotape, "Journalist! Journalist! No! No!"

One of the protesters, who asked that he be identified only as "Hussein," said the police came in with no warning.

"We were sleeping," he said. "There were guys, kids, schoolchildren, women, and suddenly they just attacked us with tear gas, stun bombs."

Hussein said many people were wounded in the attack, and he helped take people to hospitals. Police were outside the hospitals as well, he said.

"No one was doing anything," he said. "Kids were sleeping. Women were sleeping. They just attacked us suddenly."

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Zar

    Anderson these peaceful protests have been broken up by thugs with tear gas and rubber bullets again and again. It's like they're trying to push the demonstrators and in Bahrain, the mob pushes back. This is just the beginning.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  2. richard

    Beyond what kind of protests are each country has government,army,police forces and secret services it doesn't matter what kind of system is in country,but police,army are for defending country and government,commanders from the lowest level to highiest level are chosen by ruling government,and they must by loyal,fanatic and obedience,army and police have special priviliges and inside rules and law,which are much more different for ordinary citzens.Protests expecialy large could turn ugly any time,provoked by ordinary criminals,political extremists or by governent itself,so police and army, if nessesary, they react depend how ugly protests turn,sometimes they have to be brutal,egzample : protest in democratic country in toronto against summit G 20 turn ugly and many people was arested and sentenced. In large revolutionary protests there is always kind of outlaw,people in large group feel free,but it is not freedom it is like amock they follow each other and they jump beyond the law and social rules.
    In country with regimes the higgest commandors of army and police are most important parts of government and they are for many years and they used this forces to defend themselvs became

    February 17, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  3. Dan

    Anderson, you were attacked. It must be hard to be impartial, so you should recuse yourself from further discussion about the attack on you or others, especially now that it appears that you have become the news. Please step back and take a bigger look at what is happening so that you can continue to be objective.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  4. Jordan

    He said there is no defense... I am sure there are more important things to cover than to try and prove that you are right. The guy said sorry what more do you want. It feels as if I am watching MTV news with this drama.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  5. nadia

    I thought that this will happen in Iran, but in Bahrain!!
    The way the government handled the situation made them loose all support and even if it wasn't good for the country to change the regime due to many political and economical facts now things have changed. What I cannot understand is when will they get that they need to change their methods in dealing with such situations.
    At the end no one cares who is ruling Shiaa or Suna people want a certain level of freedom to express there opinion, a comfortable standard of living and stability in their country.
    If they only started making real reforms; especially after the King's speech on TV, the protesters would have been cheering them in the streets.
    It's not acceptable and never will be by human standards for this to take place.
    What a shame..
    I hope that other regimes will start making real reforms and involve their citizens and take the first step into a new era where citizens and governments work together for the benefit of their country..

    February 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm |