Bahrain's opposition rejects dialogue with royals

AP , Saturday 19 Feb 2011

Shiite Bahrainis set withdrawal of the army from the streets as a precondition for commencing talks with the royal family

Bahrain's Shiite opposition has rejected any dialogue with the Gulf kingdom's Sunni royal family until "tanks are off the streets" and the army stops "shooting at peaceful protesters." Khalil al-Marzook, a senior member of Al Wifaq opposition block says the "atmosphere for dialogue," led by Bahrain's crown prince "is not right." Security forces opened fire Friday on protesters for a second straight day of an uprising seeking to break the political grip of Bahrain's Sunni leaders.

Al Wefaq's 18 Shiite lawmakers resigned from the 40-member parliament on Thursday after the army raided the protest encampment on Manama's Pearl Square, killing at least five people.

Protesters are determined to take back the landmark square on Saturday.

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