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Bahrain police attack a "massacre"-top Shia cleric

Top Shia cleric Sheikh Issa Qassem condemns attack on Bahraini protesters

Reuters , Friday 18 Feb 2011
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Bahraini riot police seen near the Pearl roundabout during clashes with anti government protesters, in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning 17 February 2011. (AP)
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Bahrain's top Shia cleric said on Friday a police attack on protesters which killed five people was a "massacre" and the government has shut the door to dialogue.

Sheikh Issa Qassem, seen as the most revered Shia cleric in Bahrain, spoke at a mosque in a Shia village on the northwestern edge of Bahrain, where thousands gathered for the Friday prayer. 

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