July 23 - Bahrain's largest Shi'ite opposition group walks out of national dialogue as tens of thousands rally in the capital in support. Jessica Gray reports.
Shi'ite Muslim protesters rally against against Bahrain's Sunni rulers. The tens of thousands gathered in the capital say they support a decision by the country's largest Shi'ite group to drop out of a government-backed national dialogue. The Islamic party's leadership says the talks are little more than rhetoric. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL OF ALWEFAQ SOCIETY, HUSSAIN AL-DAIHI "We are calling in your name, and in the name of all free people of Bahrain, we will say it loud and clear, that we want an end to this summit, being called 'dialogue', because it doesn't answer to the demands of the people and their will, and it has no connection to the current political turmoil in Bahrain." The walkout by the influential group could derail the dialogue's chances of getting national consensus amid simmering unrest. The dialogue comes after a crackdown on four months of turmoil prompted by the Arab Spring. Officials accuse the group of having sectarian motives. Jessica Gray, Reuters