Riot police attack Bahrain protesters with tear gas

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 17, 2011 04:09

MANAMA, Bahrain   — Riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed a landmark square occupied by anti-government protesters Thursday, driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands for sweeping political changes in the kingdom.

There was no immediate word on casualties or arrests during the pre-dawn assault on Pearl Square, which was filled with flattened tents and trampled banners. After police regained control of the square, they continued to chase protesters through sidestreets.


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