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February 18th, 2011
09:43 PM ET

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Breaking News tonight on 360°. We have shocking evidence of peaceful protesters gunned down in Bahrain. All of it caught on tape. Plus, thousands of protesters converge on Wisconsin's state capital this Friday, like other days. Will their anger push the governor to drop his proposal to cut benefits for public workers, including their collective bargaining rights? We'll have a live report from Madison and talk it over with our political panel.

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  1. Andreyna

    The dictators are coming down w their own regime... I would love to see the same in Cuba... Hopefully that is the last call for Venezuela... Peace and respect for the world!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  2. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    I am truly awed at the Bravery of the protestors in ALL of the countries that are fighting for Freedom.
    Something that Americans take for granted!

    The gentleman on the phone from Libya is right about the "thugs". CNN reported earlier that Gadaffi is using THugs from Sudan and Pakistan.

    Again, i cannot express my Awe and REspect for these deomonstators -God bless them and keep them safe. And grant them civil rights and FReedom!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  3. Janis

    President Obama, do something to stop this! Tell the Saudis to stand down. It makes me so mad that they want us to protect them but they treat their fellow Arabs so callously.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  4. cicly

    again, ordinary people wanting ordinary lives. this is too much to ask for now-a-days for any one anywhere it seems.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Robert

    guys! where's the outrage! we've got to contact our congressmen ,the white house-anyone and everyone and demand action from our own goverment.not acting makes us all complicit in this outrage occuring in BAHRAIN! thanks CNN for covering this!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Emily

    Wow..."Thugs from other countries"
    These dictorships in the Middle East are all banding together to trying to maintain control & power, aren't they?
    It's Great to hear Moftah speak.
    So glad that you gave Moftah a platform to speak, Anderson.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, friends. Such upheaval.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Melanie, "How dare any government, regime or person think that they are more than the sum of the people?"

    Oppressive governments and dictators don't care about the people.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  9. linda makhlouf

    good evening anderson i am a lebanese female and i would just like to say that statements should be upheld and all countries who believe truly in human rights should cut off their relationships with bahrain and i mean on a global aspect because of the killing of our innocent fellow bahreinis' this is just not fair and thank you for all what youre doing in order for people to know and see how countries that are ruled from generation to generation by kings and dictators are living.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Stefanie - Germany(soon)

    here is something to think, why complaining about, who is "good friend"
    Every country is budy with some other country, for the most part more tha 20 or 30 years, for what? Well Oil , for the folks who dont wanna hear the truth and dont care whats going on somewhere else , america is no difference, nobody cares about rights or freedom all what counts is oil

    February 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Lori

    It is amazing what has been achieved with technology. The world has become very small.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Melanie

    How dare any government, regime or person think that they are more than the sum of the people? It is time that the leaders of the world realize they serve only with the permission of the people.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Excellent reporting from Arwa! I hope she stays safe in Bahrain.

    The king of Bahrain holds the cards. If the U.S. pushes too hard he could close down the naval base.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Janis

    It is not OK to murder your countrymen. That is nowhere near proportional. The Bahranians listen to no one but the Saudis.

    They think they can do it because the clerics and the royals in Saudi Arabia will back them up.

    This is horrific. Be strong Bahrain. Stay peaceful and determined. This is for you, your children and your children's children.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  15. cicly

    this period in history will be such a black stain; that is, if any one will care in the future. they sure as hell don't care right now for innocent, peaceful human life now.utterly disgusting.almost unbearable to take. people trashed and killed like so much garbage.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  16. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nichole

    "stomach turning" is correct. This kind of abuse is totally UNacceptable!

    Bahrain and our relationship with them needs to CHange!
    Libya also needs to Change.

    I am truly sickend, like you watching such abusive treatment of Human beings.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Emily

    @Josh M. Lenius,
    "i live in madison, wisconsin amid the ongoing labor protests."

    I think it's sickening that the government of Bahrain are killing & injuring the Peaceful People protesting. Things there in Wisconsin must seem tame now.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Bloggers,
    That was caught on the taped by person used his/her cellphone, there is not being show on taped.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Sharon Hastings

    I want us to continue to stand as witness to this violence and I hope CNN continues to show the videos as horrific as they are to watch. It's the only way to put the truth out there.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Lorena

    Democracy Cannot Be Killed... we will have victory with all this dictators! thank you for supporting the one on need

    February 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Cessy - Chicago

    Egypt, Iran, Bahrain...WHAT is going in our world?!?!?!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  22. lilly

    I wonder what the Barhain considers violent clashes? if they don't wconsider what we just saw as violent.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am glad Arwa Damon is safe now..... *whew!*

    February 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  24. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    @Emily – I totatly agree-Obama MUst speak out!

    I know that this is a very important "stratigic" ally, but this is outrageous.
    I thought that Baharain was "civilized" – boy was i wrong.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Emily

    There's NO WAY that I'd buy that the military was just firing randomly and some "peaceful protesters" accidentally were hit! (If the Bahraini government tries to sell it)

    February 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Nicole Netherlands

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 Team, Starr, Emily, Jo Ann, Megan, Sharon, Heather, Gloria, Mike, Karyn, everyone!
    Good to be with you all tonight

    Stomach turning footage, again

    February 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Zar

    Glad this video is finally being played

    February 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Isha, David G, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie,) Lori, (Adelaide,) BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Karyn, Indiana, Jana, Chi, Samantha others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday Night!!!!
    Couldn't wait forward this weekend!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight!
    That is so horrible video I have seen......There is breaking news, there is so horrible shocking news many army fired shot at people during protestors, they are peaceful without weapons.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Josh M. Lenius

    i live in madison, wisconsin amid the ongoing labor protests. whatever your stance, thank the founders that we can vehemently protest without fear of getting shot at point blank range.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Melanie

    Does the US military have a relationship with the people or the army?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Lori

    The military could have least given a warning. Those men did not look like they had weapons.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Janis

    The King of Bahrain should have not let that happen. These people are peaceful. What have you done Al Khalifa? Who is doing this for you Al Khalifa? Barbarian. You have blood on your hands. The people will never stop now. That was murder – you weren't protecting anything but your vanity and fear. Murderer.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Emily

    The fact that these protesters actually put their hands up in a sign of peace & the military Still gunned them, leaves me speechless. I hope that Arwa Damon & the others are safe.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Chi

    @Nina 10:02 "Target" practice???

    February 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  35. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello, Nancy;Nichole, Megan, Emily, JoAnn, Mike, Casey, Samantha, Nina, Karyn, Sam, Heather, Sharon H......everyone.

    Horrific video! This kind of reaction from the gov in Bahrain is Not "proportional"!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That is an outrage!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Stefanie - Germany(soon)

    im glad we have todays technology. honestly, it brings the truth and it is so hard for any government to lie!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  38. cicly

    hey guys; this is a :good friend" country of u.s.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. What a week in the news. So much happening I can't keep up. These peaceful protestors getting shot, killed or injured by violence, is just too awful.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Cessy - Chicago

    good evening everyone....

    Hello, Anderson 🙂

    very distrubing video from Bahrain...

    February 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Kenya

    That was just terrible to watch. Can we help Bahrain in any way possible?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Lori

    So terrible that people live with this.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Nina

    Thank you Anderson and CNN for bringing this to the forefront of people's minds and awareness...

    February 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi–Happy Friday! Sounds like an interesting program tonight.
    The video of the gunfire attack in Bahrain is terrible. I pray for the people in the Middle East who risk so much in hope of a better way of life.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Emily

    The fact that peaceful protesters were gunned down in Bahrain by government officials is really sickening!
    I hope that Obama & everyone else has spoken out against this & loudly.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Nina

    OMG Very shocking to see government officials using people as "target" practice!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  47. lilly

    good evening everyone

    February 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Lori

    Hi Anderson! Hi Everyone!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Isha, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Megan, Nicole, Nancy, Gloria, Starr, Nina, & Bloggers.
    I'm happy to hear that Tunisian authorities are renaming the main square after Mohammad Bouazizi.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
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