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February 16th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Thousands protest in Bahrain's Pearl Square

More than ten thousand protesters filled Bahrain's Pearl Square Tuesday, making it the largest in the Persian Gulf nation's history.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is in Bahrain covering the protest. Kristof tweeted, "At Bahrain's Pearl Sq looks like Tahrir Square all over again. Police gathered in force but standing back for now."

Kristof talks to T.J. Holmes about the uprisings in Bahrain and how they compare to those in Egypt.


Filed under: World
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  1. john2397

    Bahrain is being ruled by an autocrat similar to any other in the middle-east, who belonged to the minority Sunni cast and ruthlessly ruled over the majority Shia cast. The majority is being kept under iron fist using all draconian rules. Even majority has no voice in the government and in the jobs too. It is surprising to note that the USA is knowingly allowing this dictator to continue his grip violating all human rights laws at our cost. Can we dissociate our self from this and many other autocrats or still our greed for oil is more important than the blood of these unfortunates?

    February 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  2. Nancy Kaye

    Right or wrong...democracy gives us the right to make our own mistakes....as well as fix them. I believe that once people get a taste of the freedoms of democracy...they will always via on the side of freedom!

    February 16, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  3. Tom Hackett

    Changing times call for greater freedom and if that translates in to democratic reform, then the leaders of the GCC have no one to blame but themselves. The world has been urging them for years to initiate political reform, but fear of the repercussions have held back any real reforms.

    The time for initiating change is ending & the will of the people looks set to force the hand of change.

    Bahrain will be first, next perhaps Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates, despite its seemingly iron clad government needs to pay particular attention to the role of its consultative Federal National Council (FNC), who are increasingly demanding more powers be stripped away from the federal level and transferred to them. These calls come in the year the FNC is due to be elected by the electoral body that is hand picked by the Sheiks of the federation – another move that will have serious consequences down the line. Thorny issues such as naturalisation of expats & foreign business ownership cannot stay in the shadows forever.

    The other GCC states need to pay close attention to their own political landscape before they too are swept away in the growing tide of political upheaval in the region. The

    This is a brave new world.

    February 16, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  4. Muslim

    Changing the leader is much akin to changing the drapes in a dilapidated house. The fundamental structure of government is corrupt so changing the leader doesn't change the reason for the prevailing problems.

    If the people are fooled into the thinking Democracy is the answer, they need only look to how many unemployed there are in America today. They need only look to how banks and financial institutions are the task masters over America to know what Democracy is.

    February 16, 2011 at 7:41 am |