Bahraini protesters fill capital to demand reforms

MANAMA, Bahrain — Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters filled Bahrain's capital Friday in an attempt to boost pressure for sweeping political concessions before possible talks to end nearly two weeks of demonstrations and clashes in the strategic Gulf island kingdom.
At least two major processions sought to converge on Manama's landmark Pearl Square, which has become the focal point of the uprising pushing for democratic change. Security forces made no immediate attempt to halt the marchers in an apparent sign that Bahrain's rulers do not want to risk more bloodshed and denunciations from their Western allies.