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Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats

Island kingdom's police and troops withdraw in what appeared to be a conciliatory move

Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Bahraini anti-government protesters gather in Pearl Square, in Manama, on February 19, 2011, the focal point of bloody anti-regime demonstrations, after police and troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Bahraini anti-government protesters sit with candles lit in memory of those killed, as they gather in Pearl Square, in Manama, on February 19, 2011, the focal point of bloody anti-regime demonstrations, after police and troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Bahraini anti-government protesters lite candles in memory of those killed, as they gather in Pearl Square, in Manama, on February 19, 2011, the focal point of bloody anti-regime demonstrations, after police and troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Bahraini anti-government protesters gather in Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011, the focal point of bloody anti-regime demonstrations, after police and troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
An anti-government protestor gestures in front of police as demonstrators re-occupy Pearl roundabout on February 19, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Anti-government protesters were fired at with tear gas and rubber bullets as they marched to retake the roundabout, injuring several protestors at the site of two deadly previous confrontations between police and demonstrators. The Bahrain military has since backed off by order of Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and instead police have been positioned to squelch the uprising. (Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Anti-government demonstrators rally as they re-occupy Pearl roundabout on February 19, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Anti-government protesters were fired at with tear gas and rubber bullets as they marched to retake the roundabout, injuring several protestors at the site of two deadly previous confrontations between police and demonstrators. The Bahrain military has since backed off by order of Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and instead police have been positioned to squelch the uprising. (Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Anti-government protestors remove barbed wire fence as they re-occupy Pearl roundabout on February 19, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Anti-government protesters were fired at with tear gas and rubber bullets as they marched to retake the roundabout, injuring several protestors at the site of two deadly previous confrontations between police and demonstrators. The Bahrain military has since backed off by order of Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and instead police have been positioned to squelch the uprising. (Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Bahraini anti-government protesters begin to return to Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011, the focal point of bloody anti-regime demonstrations, after police and troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Anti-government demonstrators rally as they re-occupy Pearl roundabout on February 19, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. Anti-government protesters were fired at with tear gas and rubber bullets as they marched to retake the roundabout, injuring several protestors at the site of two deadly previous confrontations between police and demonstrators. The Bahrain military has since backed off by order of Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and instead police have been positioned to squelch the uprising. (Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Female Bahraini anti-government protesters return to Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011, the focal point of bloody anti-regime demonstrations, after police and troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
A Bahraini man holds up a scraf with Arabic writing that reads, 'I love you my country' as thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters return to Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011, the focal point of bloody anti-regime demonstrations, after police and troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Holding up flags some of the thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters return to Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011, the focal point of bloody anti-regime demonstrations, after police and troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Bahraini anti-government protesters return to Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011. Thousands of Bahraini protesters returned to Pearl Square, two days after a deadly police raid. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
Bahraini riot police take position at an area near Pearl Square in Manama after the army pulled out on February 19, 2011. Bahraini police dispersed protesters who poured into the capital's Pearl Square as soon as the army pulled out amid mounting pressure on the pro-Western Gulf kingdom to negotiate with the Shiite-led opposition. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain protesters camp out in Manama as military retreats
A Bahraini police vehicle arrives to replace the army near Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011. Bahraini police dispersed protesters who poured into the capital's Pearl Square as soon as the army pulled out amid mounting pressure on the pro-Western Gulf kingdom to negotiate with the Shiite-led opposition. (AFP/Getty Images)