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Friends and family members mourn during a funeral for slain anti-government protester Ali Ahmed al Muameen on Friday in Sitra, Bahrain.
Amid chaos in the streets of Bahrain, and mounting casualties from clashes between police and protesters, the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has asked the crown prince to start a national dialogue "with all parties."
In an official statement, reported by Reuters, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa had been given "all the powers to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of all gracious citizens from all sections."
Soldiers opened fire Friday on thousands of protesters defying a government ban and streaming toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising to break the political grip of the Gulf nation's leaders.
Officials at the main Salmaniya hospital said at least 50 people were injured, some with gunshot wounds.
CNN reports that at least four have died in Friday’s mayhem.