Bahrain protesters block parliament

A Bahraini anti-government protester steps on a picture of Prime Minister Khalifa Al Khalifa outside the Justice Ministry during a march Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the capital of Manama, Bahrain. Thousands of protesters streamed through Bahrain's diplomatic area and other sites, chanting against the regime and rejecting the king's appeals for talks to end the tiny Gulf nation's nearly two-week-old crisis. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
A Bahraini anti-government protester steps on a picture of Prime Minister Khalifa Al Khalifa outside the Justice Ministry during a march Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the capital of Manama, Bahrain. Thousands of protesters streamed through Bahrain's diplomatic area and other sites, chanting against the regime and rejecting the king's appeals for talks to end the tiny Gulf nation's nearly two-week-old crisis. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) (Hasan Jamali - AP)
The Associated Press
Monday, February 28, 2011; 2:58 AM

MANAMA, Bahrain -- Hundreds of anti-government protesters have blocked access to Bahrain's parliament and forced officials to cancel a meeting of the ruler's hand-picked envoys.

The demonstration appears part of a strategy to hold rallies at sensitive locations in the capital Manama. The idea is to boost pressure on the monarchy following two weeks of marches and clashes that have left seven dead.

The parliament became a target Monday to coincide with a meeting called by the 40-member upper chamber, which is appointed by Bahrain's ruler.

The session was called off after protesters formed a human chain to block the entrance.

Bahrain's embattled monarchy is appealing for talks with opposition groups to try to end the crisis.



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