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Updated: March 6, 2011 14:55 IST

Protesters besiege Bahrain Prime Minister’s office

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A Bahraini anti-government protester sticks a currency note on Saturday to a billboard image of Prime Minister Sheik Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa in the capital Manama. Thousands of opposition supporters have descended on the PM’s office as part of the protests on Sunday.
AP A Bahraini anti-government protester sticks a currency note on Saturday to a billboard image of Prime Minister Sheik Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa in the capital Manama. Thousands of opposition supporters have descended on the PM’s office as part of the protests on Sunday.

Thousands of opposition supporters have descended on the Prime Minister’s office in Bahrain as their campaign for reform in the strategic Gulf nation enters its third week.

The protesters are demanding the Prime Minister step down because of corruption and a deadly crackdown on the opposition in which seven people were killed.

Bahrain’s Shia majority has long complained of discrimination and political persecution in the island kingdom. A Sunni dynasty has ruled Bahrain for two centuries.

Sheik Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa is the Prime Minister and the king’s uncle. He has been in power for 40 years.

He is presiding over a meeting of government Ministers on Sunday.

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