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Protesters Make Progress in Bahrain, Fall Back in Libya, Yemen

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A Bahraini man holds up a scraf with Arabic writing that reads, 'I love you my country' as thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters return to Pearl Square in Manama on Feb. 19.(AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-government protesters in Bahrain successfully retook a public square in the country's capital Saturday, as demonstrators in Libya and Yemen suffered violent setbacks.

The New York Times reports that Bahrain's crown prince ordered the military out of Manama's Pearl Square, which has been likened to Cairo's Tahrir Square, a focal point of the protests in Egypt.

 

The main Shiite opposition bloc in Bahrain had said it would not negotiate with the Sunni monarch until the military was called back. The announcement of withdrawal "set off a wave of jubilation" among the Pearl Square protesters, the Times reports.

Protesters in Libya suffered a harsh crackdown from the government of 42-year leader Moammar Gadhafi, the AP reports. Snipers shot on a crowd of thousands gathered in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, to mourn dozens shot the day before. At least one mourner was shot dead Saturday, adding to a previous Human Rights Watch estimate of 84 killed. All online traffic in the country was cut off around 2 a.m. local time, according to Arbor Networks, a U.S.-based network security and monitoring company.

Five people were killed in anti-government protests in Yemen on Saturday as well, UPI reports, and an Algerian opposition leader was hurt after being hit by police officers, according to the BBC.

 

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