Bahraini opposition groups plan next steps
The injured in Bahrain.
February 20th, 2011
11:57 AM ET

Bahraini opposition groups plan next steps

A day after thousands of joyous Bahrainis retook a major square in the heart of the island nation's capital, seven opposition groups were meeting in Bahrain to consider their next steps after an appeal from Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa for a national dialogue.

As the parties tried to coordinate a common position about a thousand protesters remained at the Pearl Roundabout, which has become this island nation's equivalent of Egypt's Tahrir Square. More Bahrainis came to the scene, many of them families. Groups of lawyers and teachers gathered to add their voice to the demand for political change and constitutional reform.

Opposition groups are considering a list of demands, which include an independent investigation into the deaths of protesters. Read the full story from CNN's Tim Lister and Rima Maktabi.

This week's protests upended the kingdom, a tiny but strategically critical country that's a key U.S. ally and home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet. Read a country by country break-down of protests across the Middle East that have happened since Egyptian protests lead to the resignation of its president Hosni Mubarak.

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  1. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    The Bahrainis still need to get rid of their king who is no more than another crony to the right-wing thugs in Washington,waiting to take their orders. Like I said before,the fewer of them,the better!!!

    February 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Good post,Cesar. I couldn't have said it better. Thank you very much.

      February 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Actually, on second thought, I feel we need dictators and kings if for nothing else, to keep stability in the world. Do we need one in Washington, no. Do we need them in Bahrain, yes, of course. The thugs in Washington have the best of the USA.

    February 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Uh huh

    Uh huh. Sure. Blame Obama for this, too. Uh huh.

    February 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Why not? The king of Bahrain is his stooge,after all!!!

      February 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fatma Ali

    The problem here is, that most of the people in Bahrain are liberal, moderate and educated (not very much into the Sunni or Shiite in their day to day life), But the Activists are only from the extremists from both sides. So, these moderate people who are open minded to the technology, trade and tourism, are not gathering, and are not spending any time into politics, since mostly they are doing business.

    Then there is the crowd, who is mostly open minded, but they can only choose between their representation to be from either the extremist Shiite or extremist Sunni, depending on their religious beliefs and not on what they want to happen. Since the third choice (the moderate correct one), is not even in the options.

    The result is, if a heavy power exchange happens outside the ruling family today, the extremists from both sides will gain more power, and there will not be any future space for the moderate. This will cause the country to go a 100 years backwards. Because the elections will depend on the persons religious background or color rather than what he will do for the country (i.e. like in the US, if you imagine they will go back to the situation where the colored will elect the colored and the white will elect the white).

    Both of the extremists (Sunni and Shiite), are waiting for more power to stop many parts of the tourism, stop the US base, be more closed towards the international trade. And the Sonnies will stop any relations with the neighboring Iran, while the Shiites will stop the relations with Gulf countries. Or at least, both of them will make it more difficult.

    The result is, if any of the extremists will take much power, there will not be room for foreign investments in Bahrain, and they will need to relocate their Bahrain Branches quickly. Since both ways, the new trade rules that will result are quite obvious.

    The religious parties in Turkey are totally different than the extremist parties in Bahrain. Since their ambitions (especially the Shiite) are not for Bahrain. I saw that they even have the pictures of the Iran leaders and the Iran flags on their houses and in their homes. And they have a strong belief in the One Islamic Country, ruled by one person from Iran, and the one step towards this, is the great Arab Shiite Country, to be in the East of Saudi, Parts of Iraq, and Bahrain (with a black flag); then unite with Iran (then take the world after controlling most of the Oil Resources). Which is clearly un-achievable, but it is what they have as extremist beliefs. And they promote that they will be friendlier than any other regimes until they have the power.

    My hope is that the ruling family will continue in power, at least until there are moderate activists who will form groups that represent the real society with all of its colors, and not the extremists who will gather the electing people using the emotions and the religious background. Or at least, they give only limited controlled power and keep regulating any output from the existing extremist parties. Like the Army in Turkey, who is regulating the parties' output not to be outside the country ambitions; and to keep having the final say and override to anything that might cause negative results.

    Now, in Egypt, there are no strong parties to start with, so I don't know where Egypt is going. But, for Bahrain, it is very clear where they will go, if the ruling family will give much power to them.

    February 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. USMC Forever

    To Cesar: Actually, your post stinks, especially about "right-wing thugs in Washington." Get your head on straight man, the world is changing fast.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Justina

    Fighting against tyranny is classic. Nations must fight against the oppressive moral decadence coming from the West.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Very well put,Justina. Incidentally,I never posted the above and Cesar is quite right about the right-wing thugs in Washington.

      February 21, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Proud Bahraini

    Newspeople are so so blind, Nejad is behind these demonstrators. He made his missiles, now he wants to control the area, so that he can start war with the west and win as Nostrodamus said in his prophecies.

    Read the books to know what is going on; he already controls iran, iraq and lebanon, he wants to add oil rich countries. The largest causalties are in europe according to Nostrodamus.

    Poor Europe and USA, do not know what is brewing and said on the ground in Bahrain behind the scenes.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      How much did the C.I.A. pay you to post that juicy little tidbit,Proud Bahraini? I guess quite a bit.

      February 21, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    You doubters. Always trying to tell people what to do. The world has been so small for so long. I would wager many people in, shall we say, not free countries, have family and friends in free countries. They may chat online every day. While they may mock our extravigant or strange ways, they are jealous of our freedom to be that way. Arab people can handle freedom. It's an extremism to beat all extremisms.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |