Posted by | February 17, 2011 12:12 | Filed under: Top Stories

Bahrain has Egypt fever.

Troops in armored vehicles took control of Manama on Thursday after police attacked anti-government protesters, killing three people and wounding 231 in Bahrain’s worst violence in decades.

After riot police had cleared protesters from Pearl square before dawn, soldiers in at least 40 trucks and armored vehicles took control of the road junction demonstrators had tried to turn into a protest base like Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

The crackdown by the Bahraini authorities appeared designed to snuff out the protests before they could gather momentum, unlike the sustained unrest that unseated Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.

Bahrain is as mostly Shiite country and citizens want the Sunni ruling family to relinquish power. Shiites want political freedom and equality in job opportunities and military service.

Health Minister Faisal bin Yaqoob al-Hamer said three people had been killed and 231 hurt in the police operation. Most had left hospital, but 36 were still receiving treatment, including one in intensive care. “It is most unfortunate,” he told Reuters at the bedside of a doctor hurt during the clash.

Video is of police firing tear gas and wielding clubs in Pearl Square.

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