Bahrain eases curfew, fourth protester dies

By REUTERS
March 19, 2011 20:10

MANAMA - Bahrain cut curfew hours on Saturday and urged residents to return to work after a crackdown on mainly Shi'ite Muslim protesters this week raised tensions in the world's largest oil-producing region.

The call came as a fourth protester died of wounds sustained when troops and police moved on Wednesday to end weeks of unrest that prompted the king to declare martial law and call in troops from Bahrain's Sunni-ruled neighbor, Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Bahrain had the sovereign right to summon security help from its Gulf neighbors but stressed that the solution to the country's crisis could only come through political dialogue.

"We have made clear that security alone cannot resolve the challenges facing Bahrain," Clinton told reporters in Paris after meeting several Arab ministers. "Violence is not the answer, a political process is."


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