In Bahrain: 'We Can Still Get You'

While the government of Bahrain today officially lifted the state of emergency that it declared in March when the "Arab spring" spread there and protests erupted, NPR's Kelly McEvers reports that activists say they've been warned against doing anything that authorities don't like.

Some protest leaders were rounded up this week and say they were basically told by authorities to, "watch out, we can still get you, emergency law or no," Kelly told Morning Edition guest host Mary Louise Kelly earlier today.

And protesters have been told there will be "consequences" if they go back into the streets, Kelly added.

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But as has been the case for weeks, the government is officially talking about reconciliation. As al-Jazeera reports, "King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa called for talks on reform involving all parties in [Bahrain] to begin on July 1, the country's state news agency reported on Tuesday."



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