7:40am

Wed March 16, 2011
The Two-Way

In Bahrain: Protesters Fear Mass Arrests Are Next

Police and national guard troops fired tear gas and pushed protesters out of a central square in Bahrain's capital early today. Some witnesses told reporters that at least six people were killed, The Associated Press reports. Reuters says three police officers were killed when they were struck by a car.

NPR's Frank Langfitt, who was at the scene in Manama, says the mostly Shiite protesters who fled from the show of force now fear that authorities (dominated by Sunni Muslims) will sweep into neighborhoods and begin making mass arrests of those who have been pushing for reform in the kingdom.

And one man Frank spoke to by telephone said that his Shiite neighborhood was virtually locked down and that "you cannot go out of your house without getting shot at."

Here's the conversation Frank had with Morning Edition host Renee Montagne earlier today. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.