February 16, 2011

Thousands of Bahrainis are holding a third day of anti-government demonstrations in the capital, Manama, where many of them joined a funeral for a second protester shot dead by police the day before.

At least 2,000 mostly Shi’ite activists occupied Manama’s Pearl Square Wednesday, after setting up a tent camp Tuesday and spending a first night in the open. The protest site mirrors the occupation of a Cairo square by Egyptian activists who ousted their president last week.

The Bahraini protesters joined a funeral procession for a Shi’ite man shot by police Tuesday near the funeral of another Shi’ite protester killed in clashes with police the previous day.

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