Bahrain crown prince calls for dialogue amid protests

09:41, March 01, 2011      

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Protestors hold a rally in front of the Shura Council during an anti-government demonstration in Manama, capital of Bahrain, Feb. 28, 2011. Hundreds of protestors blocked the entrance of the Shura Council here on Monday, demanding the government to resign and calling for political reforms. (Xinhua Photo)
Bahrain's Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa said Monday that efforts are underway to launch talks with the opposition, which seek major political reforms amid a wave of anti-government protests.

"The steps we have taken in the last few days have calmed the situation and helped restore life in Bahrain to normal," Prince Salman said in a statement carried by state-run BNA news agency.

However, "some continue to seek to block reform," he said, adding, "such disruption only harms the interests of the people of Bahrain."

Hundreds of anti-government protesters on Monday blocked entrance to the Shura (Consultative) Council forcing lawmakers to return back rather than attending the session.

Protesters waved Bahraini flag and did not allow Shura Council members to enter the building in the capital Manama.


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