官方APP下载:英语学习播客(支持苹果手机、安卓手机)
创办于2003年
UNSV记不住?那就记中文谐音“忧安思危”吧!
  Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
UNSV英语学习频道 - Slow and steady wins the race!
公众微信服务号(英语全能特训)
英语全能特训(微信公众服务号)
UNSV英语学习频道淘宝网店
客服短信:18913948480
客服邮箱:web@unsv.com
初级VIP会员
全站英语学习资料下载。
¥98元/12个月

IN THE NEWS - Calls for Political Change Keep Protests Going in Mideast

作者:Brian Padden 发布日期:2-19-2011

An anti-government protester in Bahrain is carried to a vehicle to be taken to a hospital after being shot Friday during a demonstration in Manama
An anti-government protester in Bahrain is carried to a vehicle to be taken to a hospital after being shot Friday during a demonstration in Manama

This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.

Anti-government protests continued this week in several countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

In Bahrain, the crown prince went on television Friday and appealed for calm. Thousands of mourners tried to return to Pearl Square in Manama, the capital, after a funeral for an anti-government protester.

Security forces fired on the mourners, who were disobeying a protest ban. Local officials and witnesses said at least twenty-three people were wounded. Later, angry protesters gathered next to a hospital. Many shouted "Down with Khalifa" -- Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.

The military cleared Pearl Square of protesters during a raid on Thursday. The protests in Bahrain began on Monday.

Seventy percent of Bahrain's population is Shi'ite, but Sunni Muslims lead the government. Bahrain is also home to the United State Navy's Fifth Fleet.

In Yemen, demonstrators have been calling for more than a week for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. Thousands protested across Yemen on Friday. Protesters fought with security forces in Aden. Medical officials say four people were shot to death.

At least one person was killed in the city of Taiz. A passenger in a car threw a grenade that exploded as a crowd demonstrated against the Yemeni government.

In Amman, Jordan, witnesses say at least eight people were injured when government supporters used sticks to attack demonstrators. Jordan has had weeks of protests demanding constitutional changes and limits on the power of King Abdullah.

In Libya, there were "Day of Rage" demonstrations Thursday against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Human Rights Watch says Libyan security forces killed twenty-four protesters.

In Iran, thousands of government supporters shouted "Death to Moussavi! Death to Karroubi!" after Friday prayers in Tehran. Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi are leaders of Iran's opposition Green Movement.

But a top Iranian religious leader told a prayer service at Tehran University that execution was needless. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said the two men were, in a sense, dead already because they have lost their influence. Both men have been held effectively under house arrest this week.

On Monday, the Green Movement held its first public protest in a year. The movement grew out of Iran's disputed presidential election in two thousand nine. Opposition websites have called for nationwide demonstrations on Sunday.

In a separate development, Egypt approved a request for two Iranian navy ships to pass through the Suez Canal. Israel's Foreign Minister says the ships are expected to sail toward Syria. This is believed to be Iran's first naval mission into the Mediterranean in years.

And in Cairo, thousands of Egyptians crowded into Tahrir Square on Friday for a day of celebration. They marked one week since President Hosni Mubarak resigned.

And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember.

___

Contributing: Lisa Bryant, Selah Hennessy and Brian Padden

版权所有©2003-2019 南京通享科技有限公司,保留所有权利。未经书面许可,严禁转载本站内容,违者追究法律责任。 互联网经营ICP证:苏B2-20120186
网站备案:苏公网安备 32010202011039号苏ICP备05000269号-1中国工业和信息化部网站备案查询
广播台