Bahrain FM: Crackdown on anti-gov't protesters 'justified'

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 17, 2011 20:38

MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain's  top diplomat said Thursday that the pre-dawn crackdown on anti-government protesters was justified because the demonstrators were pushing the kingdom to the "brink of the sectarian abyss."

Foreign Minister Khalid Al Khalifa said the violence that occurred during the raid that swept away a protest encampment and left at least four people dead in Manama's central Pearl Square was "regrettable."

Speaking to reporters after meeting with his Gulf counterparts, al Khalifa said the protesters were pushing the Sunni-ruled, Shiite-majority nation to the "brink of the sectarian abyss" and "polarizing the country."


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