Dozens of Bahrainis protest at US embassy

'The people want democracy'

MANAMA - Dozens of activists protested at the US embassy in Manama on Monday, calling for Washington to press Bahraini authorities for democratic reform after weeks of demonstrations.
Activists gathered at a small fence set up in front of the embassy, chanting slogans such as "down down Hamad" -- a reference to the Gulf state's king -- and "down with the monarchy! People want democracy!"
Demonstrators also chanted, "the people want to topple the regime!"
"If the Americans say 'OK, stop' ... I'm sure the regime won't say no," said Muneer Shehab, a 39-year-old activist.
Bahrain is a strategic US ally and home to the United States Fifth Fleet.
Anti-government protests in the Sunni-ruled, Shiite-majority country entered their 22nd day on Monday.
Protesters continued to keep vigil in hundreds of tents in Pearl Square, which has become the epicentre of anti-government demonstrations.