“We are ready for anything, but this protest started peacefully and it will end peacefully,” said Ali Hassan, a demonstrator in the square. “We have no guns, but we will resist by remaining here as long as we possibly can.”
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ClintonHillary Rodham Clinton expressed alarm over “provocative acts and sectarian violence,” and said she telephoned Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud to stress the need for the foreign forces to promote dialogue.
“We call for calm and restraint on all sides in Bahrain,” Clinton told reporters in Cairo, where she was urging on democratic currents that chased Hosni MubarakHosni Mubarak from power last month.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon authorized military family members and civilians with non-emergency jobs to leave Bahrain as violence spread.
Tuesday’s announcement allows the families and civilians to voluntarily leave Bahrain and go to designated safe havens, mostly in the United States, at government expense. Bahrain is home to the Navy’s 5th Fleet, a key military headquarters in the Gulf region. Agencies