“What the president believes … is that Bahrain, like all the countries in the region, needs to respect the universal rights of its citizens, their right to protest, their right to have their grievances heard,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
“They should refrain from violence on both sides,” he said. “We are obviously watching events from Bahrain and around the region very closely.”
“They talk about Iran and about Egypt, but I don’t know whether the Obama administration recognizes a country called Bahrain and that the people there are human beings who shouldn’t be shot like animals,” said Khalil Al-Marzooq, a leading figure in the opposite Wefaq bloc, in an interview Tuesday.
Wefaq, which holds 18 out of 40 seats in Bahrain’s Council of Representatives, suspended its participation in the body Tuesday in solidarity with the protesters.
Mr. Al-Marzooq and other Wefaq leaders told The Washington Times that they would not end their boycott until the king indicated a seriousness about meeting protesters’ demands for greater democratic reforms and more freedoms.
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Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.
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