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Bahraini Protests (2011)
Bahrain protesters back at Pearl Square despite violence
Bahrain protesters back at Pearl Square despite violence

Ali Mahmoud was one of the first to retake Pearl Square. The 42-year-old had watched the protests on television, and seen security forces expel anti-government demonstrators from the square in central Manama two days before. He knew he had to go where his countrymen had been shot at, had been gassed, had been beaten. When Mahmoud and hundreds of other men approached the square Saturday, policemen fired off tear-gas canisters and Mahmoud found himself retreating through bushes. But not for long. Hours later, red welts marked his arms from the final skirmish before the Bahraini police retreated on orders of Crown Prince Salman ibn Hamed Khalifa. "It was my first time, but I felt...

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