Obama urges Bahrain's king to show restraint

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 19, 2011 05:44

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama condemned the violence in Bahrain and urged the country's king in a phone call Friday night to show restraint after a series of bloody protests.

Obama discussed the situation with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, asking the king to hold those responsible for the violence accountable.

Obama said Bahrain must respect the "universal rights" of its people and embrace "meaningful reform."

Security forces opened fire on Bahraini protesters for a second straight day, wounding at least 50 people as thousands defied the government and marched in an uprising that sought to break the political grip of the Gulf nation's leaders.


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