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Bahrain protests 'may become hardline'


In the last few hours the main opposition coalition in the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain has accused the government of terrorism.

It follows the storming of the main square by riot police after demonstrators tried to mount an Egyptian-style protest.

Reporter for ABC television Miguel Marquez, who got caught up in the police attack, describes what is happening in Bahrain.

And former Conservative cabinet minister David Mellor who continues to have strong links with Bahrain and Ibrahim Shariff, leader of the country's opposition Waad party, analyse the situation.

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