The military has already agreed to withdraw from Manama, which led to
the return of thousands of protesters in Manama's Pearl Square. But the
labor federation, which represents 60 unions, has called for guarantees
that the opposition campaign would not be assaulted by government forces.
"There is also another condition to the call — that these people be
free to continue demonstrating without being attacked," Radhi said.
The sources said the strike would also include workers from the
state-owned Bahrain Petroleum Co. and Gulf Air.
"We have over 1,300 members, including captains and cabin crew and they
have all been invited to strike," Gulf Air Trade Union chairman Habib Al
Nabul said. "But it is up to each individual to make their own decision."
The Shi'ite unrest in Bahrain has risen in wake of military intervention
in Manama. The United States, which maintains the headquarters of its Navy's
Fifth Fleet, has urged King Hamad Bin Hamad Al Khalifa to refrain from
attacking peaceful protesters.
The opposition sources acknowledged that their model for the current
campaign was the unrest that toppled the regime of Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak. They said Pearl Square, which now contains a medical tent, sound
system and barriers, would serve as the focus of the opposition campaign,
which has demanded a significant reduction in the power of the king.
"Our protests are peaceful and will continue being peaceful and it is up
to the government to prove that it has no ill intention by violently
removing us from this place," Shi'ite opposition chief Ali Salman said.
The monarchy has called for a formal dialogue with the Bahraini
opposition. The effort was said to have been led by Crown Prince Salman, who
ordered the withdrawal of military and police from Pearl Square.
"We now begin a new phase, a phase in which we will discuss all our
issues sincerely and honestly," Salman said. "I would like to convey the
message that calm is required at this time so that all parties can put
forward their views and issues in a responsible and productive way."