Opposition in Bahrain calls for government to resign

Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa

MANAMA, February 17, 2011 (AFP) – Bahrain’s opposition demands the resignation of Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa’s government following a deadly raid on anti-regime protesters, a Shiite opposition bloc said on Thursday. “The opposition groups, including Al-Wefaq, have issued a statement demanding the government resign and calling for the formation of a new government to investigate this crime,” said Al-Wefaq bloc’s leader, Ali Salman. A police raid early on Thursday left four people dead and scores wounded in the capital of the Shiite-majority Gulf state ruled by a Sunni dynasty. The opposition is calling for “a constitutional amendment that would see a peaceful transition of power and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy,” said Salman.

Sheikh Khalifa, an uncle of King Hamad, has served as prime minister ever since Bahraini independence in 1971. “We have decided to completely pull out from parliament,” said the head of Bahrain’s largest opposition bloc which holds 18 seats in the country’s 40-member elected house. Al-Wefaq, or the Islamic National Accord Association, has said it would not end its boycott until demands are met to transform Bahrain “into a constitutional monarchy where the people would be the main source of power.” “The government should be elected by the people who would have the right to hold it accountable,” Salman said on Wednesday. A 2001 referendum transformed Bahrain from an emirate into a constitutional monarchy and led to elections in 2002 for the first time since parliament was scrapped in 1975. The prime minister is named by the king, while the opposition wants the premier to be elected.

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  1. Rudy Haugeneder

    Protest is good. The United States has a proud history of protests that resulted in change:
    * 1964 – New York City 1964 race riot, July 18–23
    * 1964 – Rochester 1964 race riot, July 24–25
    * 1964 – Jersey City 1964 race riot,[8] August 2–4
    * 1964 – Elizabeth 1964 race riot,[8] August 11–13 (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
    * 1964 – Philadelphia 1964 race riot August 28–30
    * 1965 – Watts Riot, August 1965, (Los Angeles)
    * 1966 – Benton Harbor Riot, August–September 1966 (Benton Harbor, Michigan)
    * 1966 – Atlanta riot of 1966, Sep. 6 (Atlanta, Georgia)
    * 1966 – Sunset Strip curfew riots (Los Angeles)
    * 1967 – Tampa Riots of 1967, June 1967 ( Florida)
    * 1967 – Buffalo riot of 1967, June 27 (Buffalo, New York)
    * 1967 – 1967 Newark riots, July 12–18, 1967 (Newark, New Jersey)
    * 1967 – 1967 Plainfield riots, July 14–20, 1967 (Plainfield, New Jersey)
    * 1967 – 12th Street Riot, July 23–29, 1967 (Detroit)
    * 1968 – 1968 Washington, D.C. riots, April 1968 (Washington, D.C)
    * 1968 – Baltimore riot of 1968, April 6–12 (Baltimore, Maryland)
    * 1968 – Kansas City riot of 1968, April 1968 (Kansas City, Missouri)
    * 1968 – Louisville riots of 1968, May 27, (Louisville, Kentucky)
    * 1968 – Martin Luther King jr. riots(related: 1968 Chicago, Illinois riots, 1968 Washington, D.C.
    * 1968 – 1968 Democratic National Convention riot, August 1968, (Chicago, Illinois,
    * 1969 – Stonewall Riots, June 1969, (New York City, New York)
    * 1969 – Days of Rage, Oct. 1969, (Chicago, Illinois)

    1970s

    * 1970 – Augusta Georgia Riot, May 1970
    * 1970 – Kent State shootings, May 1970, (Kent, Ohio)
    * 1971 – Camden Riots, August 1971, (Camden, New Jersey)
    etc., etc., etc., often involving the US National Guard.

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