Bahrain mourners call for toppling of monarchy

February 18, 2011 09:31

MANAMA, Bahrain— Funeral mourners were chanting against Bahrain's rulers on Friday as they buried dead from a crushing assault on pro-reform protesters that has brought army tanks into the streets of the tiny Gulf nation.

The first funerals were taking place outside a village mosque for three men killed in the pre-dawn attack on a protest encampment in Bahrain's capital Manama. At least two others died in the fierce crackdown and more than 200 were injured.

About 200 Shiite mourners waved banners and cried slogans Friday against Bahrain's Sunni monarchy as the burials began.

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