People of Bahrain cheer, pray; they hand out celebratory flowers.
“We are not moving one step back…We’re going to stay here…going to sleep here…going to die here if necessary…We as a youth need our change…what the old generation, our fathers failed to do, we are trying to do. The Gulf Corporation Council, the GCC, all they’re doing…they’re supporting their needs to keep this tyranny against us. If the king wants to stay, let him, let him be like the queen in England…We need our elected government; we need our youth to be heard, and all these people and generations to live in freedom.”
Bahrain: Among the crowds in Manama’s Pearl Square
19 February 2011
Thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have re-entered Pearl Square in Manama, the focal point of recent protests in the capital.
Earlier the military withdrew from the streets, leaving the way clear for police to fire tear gas and shotgun cartridges at the demonstrators before they also left.
The BBC’s Caroline Hawley described the atmosphere as “festive” and spoke to protesters in the square who said they were determined to stay for as long as necessary.