Bahrain’s Shiite opposition has rejected any dialogue with the Gulf kingdom’s Sunni royal family until “tanks are off the streets” and the army stops “shooting at peaceful protesters”.
Khalil al-Marzook, a senior member of the Al Wefaq opposition block says the “atmosphere for dialogue”, led by Bahrain’s crown prince “is not right”.
On Friday, security forces opened fire on protesters for a second straight day of an uprising seeking to break the political grip of Bahrain’s Sunni leaders.
Al Wefaq’s 18 Shiite lawmakers resigned from the 40-member parliament on Thursday after the army raided the protest encampment on Manama’s Pearl Square, killing at least five people.
Protesters have said they are determined to take back the landmark square.