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Bahrain’s Shiite Protesters Gather as Unrest Spreads

Rallies in Bahrain to demand democracy and an end to discrimination against the Shiite Muslim majority escalated after the death of a second demonstrator, as unrest in the region also led to clashes between protesters and police in Yemen.

Thousands of Bahrainis gathered at the Pearl Roundabout traffic intersection in Manama, the capital, shouting slogans against the government after the funeral of a protester killed in clashes with police yesterday. A second protester died today in fighting at the funeral, the official Bahrain News Agency said, as police fired rubber bullets and birdshot and used tear gas. The main Shiite opposition group suspended its work in parliament, and the king pledged political and social change.