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Bahrain: Crown Prince Calls for Peace on National TV

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

In midst of the chaos of the shooting of protesters in the capital, Bahrain's Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa appeared on a live television program tonight on Bahrain TV at around 6:30 pm local time on Friday 18 February, 2011. Bahrain's Twittersphere live-tweeted his interview.


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@bahrain14feb
ولي العهد دخل استيديو البث الحي في تلفزيون البحرين فجأة ودعى للحوار والتهدئة فورا مع إعطاء ضمان شخصي #Bahrain #feb14

The Crown Prince entered the live studio unannounced and urged for dialogue and calming down the situation and giving a personal guarantee

@SultanAlQassemi Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad on Bahrain TV. Hat tip @MunaFakhroo http://yfrog.com/h76a1zbj

Bahrain's Crown Prince on Bahrain TV

Bahrain's Crown Prince on Bahrain TV

@mohamedalnoaimi: #Bahrain #Feb14 #14feb سمو ولي العهد: يجب تهدءت الاوضاع من قبل جميع الاطراف ولا يمكن حل مشكلة صارلها سنين وهي تخلق في ساعات قليلة

Crown Prince: Both sides must calm down and problems that have been of years cannot be fixed in a matter of hours

@qassoom #BAHRAIN CROWN PRINCE: I NEVER EXPECTED THE SITUATION WOULD REACH SUCH LEVEL BY ARMED FORCES & POLICE #FEB14

@mahmood CP: everyone talk! right now. do NOT fear anything. #bahrain

@SultanAlQassemi
Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad on Bahrain TV “It is now the duty of every Sunni & Shia to calm things down for the sake of the country”

@mahmood
CP: these conditions are unprecedented #bahrain

@Ali_Fareed: HRH Sh. Salman: Today Bahrain went divided. Friendships were lost. #Bahrain

@Khaleejia
CP: I have no specific word to say now other than stop the violence. Let peace prevail and all demands will be met. #Bahrain

@SultanAlQassemi
Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad on Bahrain TV “This is the time to stand with your country, we will now know who is with the country”

@LAlOlaimy
CP “Both sides have made mistakes & betrayed #Bahrain”

@LAlOlaimy: “I dont blame Al Wefaq or anyone. Today is the day for dialogue” I love our Crown Prince #Bahrain”

@HamedAlmalki CP: I spent my life serving this country & I give you my word we will start reform dialogue tonight if we go back to quiet

@Khaleejia
CP: Everybody makes a mistake. No one party is to blame. Halt and let us work together. #Bahrain

@Ali_Fareed
HRH Sh. Salman: PPL who are still looking to escalate things are betraying their country #Bahrain

@qassoom
#BAHRAIN CROWN PRINCE: LET'S STAY ON OUR TRADITIONS, MARRY EACH OTHER, CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER, LET PEACE DOMINATE!

@ammar456
Sh Salman; yes, our development has been slow, otherwise we wouldn't be here. Let's fix it all.

@ehsankooheji
CP: I don't have a sect. I have NO sect. I am Bahraini, Muslim. We are in no need of this, we're not a police state, we fixed ourselves.

@nunudeen
HRH Sh. Salman Al Khalifa: Today Bahrain has been divided. People who have been friends for years don't speak to each other. #BahrainTV

@JustAmira
Crown prince on BTV saying everyone should calm down from those who throw stones to those who shoot guns #Bahrain http://yfrog.com/hsyiopcj

Bahrain Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa

Bahrain Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa

@iLandBahrain
سنة وشيعة. اذا احد عنده حس وطني تعالوا تكلموا. انا عطيت رسالتي والله يحفظ البحرين- ولي العهد

Crown Prince: Shias and Sunnis, those who have sense of nationalism please come and let's talk. I have given you my message and God Bless Bahrain.

Shortly after his appearance, the Bahraini Twittersphere tweeted their reactions. Many were supportive of what was said and others felt sceptical especially as it was aired whilst military were firing at protesters in the capital Manama.

@Halsitra
الواضح ان ولي العهد لا يدري بالذي يحصل الان في الدوار.

Clearly he doesn't realize what is going on at the (LuLu) Roundabout

@SayedMohDarwish
كلمة ولي العهد كانت عند قمع الجيش للمتظاهرين وعندما اخبروه بواسطة ورقة تغيرت الوانه #Bahrain

The Crown Prince was speaking whilst military were shooting protesters, and when he received the news on the paper that was given to him, his colours changed

@nadooi_wish Don't blame him!! RT “@RamiJamal: Crown prince looks really angry on BTV coz of what's happening.”

@hhusaini Cp: whoever has something to say, sunni, shia come tonight to discuss! Any address? #bahrain

@MayMarzooq Crown Prince we trust u #Feb14 #Bahrain

@baderkamal
CP's message is as simple as a friend or a teacher trying to break down a school fight. Stop hurting and let's sit down and talk.

@hussakhalid Crown Prince Salman bn Hamad's visit to BTV and honest words shows a sincere man working for the good of this country and Bahrainis #bahrain

@alialsaeed no more dialogue. our very own Army is shooting peaceful, unarmed citizens. people now are ready to die. #Bahrain #Feb14 #lulu

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

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