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Demonstrators killed as Bahrain police attack

February 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A violent crackdown by riot police in Bahrain has left two people dead. And dramatic new pictures have been posted on YouTube.

The Persian Gulf nation is now on virtual lockdown with this week's anti-government demonstrations over, at least for now.

ABC News Correspondent Miguel Marquez was in the capital city's central square when the police moved in at 3 a.m. He was violently beaten.

"I just got beat rather badly by a gang of thugs," said Marquez in an audio tape of the incident. "I'm now in a marketplace near our hotel where people are cowering in buildings. There was a mixture of what sounded like rubber bullets. I could hear ricochets going over my head and lots and lots of tear gas. Police wielding batons, and riot shields moved in. The protesters tried to come back at them, but the police just came in too thick and too heavy."