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Topic - Abdul-Jalil Khalil
Bahrain's opposition wants the nation's rulers to guarantee they will back up their conciliatory words with actions, a Shi'ite leader said Sunday as he and other activists weighed the regime's offer for talks after nearly a week of protests and deadly clashes that have divided the Gulf nation.
Seizing momentum from popular revolt in Egypt and Tunisia and Arab uprisings elsewhere, opposition activists in Bahrain staged their own "Day of Rage" on Monday as thousands of protesters took to the streets to demand greater political reform.
He said the opposition's main demand is for the resignation of the government that is responsible for this week's bloodshed and has been led by the same prime minister — the king's uncle — for 40 years.
"Yesterday you kill people, and today you want them to sit with you. It's not that easy," said a leader of the main Shi'ite opposition group Al Wefaq, Abdul-Jalil Khalil, adding that no talks have yet taken place.