Bahrain protests: Violence erupts, Twitter reports from on the ground
Violence erupted on Friday in Bahrain. The Post's correspondent Janine Zacharia reports, "Bahraini security forces fired on a crowd of anti-government demonstrators who marched to the Pearl Square roundabout late Friday afternoon following the funeral of one of those killed in Thursday's crackdown, and witnesses said there were many casualties."
President Obama issued a statement saying, "I am deeply concerned by reports of violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen. The United States condemns the use of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in those countries and wherever else it may occur. We express our condolences to the family and friends of those who have been killed during the demonstrations. Wherever they are, people have certain universal rights including the right to peaceful assembly. The United States urges the governments of Bahrain, Libya and Yemen to show restraint in responding to peaceful protests, and to respect the rights of their people."
This video was tweeted out by Al Jazeera at approximately noon, ET, with the caveat the news network could not confirm the authenticity of the images. It appears to show footage of the reported shootings in Manama, Bahrain. The crowd looks to be dispersing from a central place. Then, about 17 seconds into video clip, possible gunshots ring out as people begin to run.
Follow along with reports from the ground by foreign correspondents, Bahrainis and human rights workers:
| February 18, 2011; 10:44 AM ET
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