Under Pressure

Bahrain Protesters Lay Down Demands

Read it and weep: Opposition leaders in Bahrain presented a list of demands to their monarchy on Sunday, calling for the release of prisoners and a greater role in government after a week of violent clashes that killed six people. Reports conflict on whether negotiations with the king have begun, but it’s clear that protesters aren’t going away soon—they’ve set up a tent city in the capital’s Pearl Roundabout, the symbolic epicenter of their demonstrations. Meanwhile, Bahrain’s powerful neighbor, Saudi Arabia, announced full-throated support for the embattled monarchy, pledging the state’s support “with all its capabilities.”