A second pro-democracy protester was killed in Bahrain today as some 10,000 people gathered at a traffic roundabout called Pearl Square.
Demonstrators are trying to capitalize on the revolution in Egypt, and among their very real challenges is simply finding a place to build crowds large enough to matter. In Egypt, the government tried turning off the Internet, but the protesters were able to walk the old alleys and call supporters into the streets and from there into Tahrir Square.
Bahrain is more of a new American-style landscape. "With communities separated by roads, bridges and massive malls, there are few public spaces where like-minded people can gather," the New York Times reports. For today, for now, a traffic roundabout will have to do.