Bahrain protest: Govt calls opposition for talks

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Manama, Feb 20: Amid the violent pro-democratic protests, Bahrain government has started talks with opposition groups. Various sources reported that seven opposition groups demanding political reform in the country have agreed to meet to formulate a response to the government's call.

The opposition's decision came after the set back of army troops and police from Pearl Square. Bahrain's crown prince ordered the army to move out of Pearl Square, where thousands of protesters gathered demanding a new dawn.

Earlier during the six days of unrest, six civilians were killed and more than hundreds injured in clashes between the government and opposition protesters. The Shiite majority population has been asking for a democratic government in the tiny island, which is ruled by Sunni Muslim rulers.

After the mass gathering in Pearl Square on Friday, Feb 18, Bahrain's Crown Prince issued an emotional appeal for calm on state TV. He promised a new dawn of free expression and called the protesters to leave the streets.

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