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.