Efforts at reconciliation have so far produced mixed results and it appears the situation is becoming more tenuous, with Shiites increasingly antagonistic toward the government and Sunnis becoming more hardline in their views on how to handle protesters. A senior government official met with al Wefaq, the main Shiite Muslim opposition group, on February 15 but little was resolved. Underlying tensions were especially high after King Hamad accused protestors of cheering “down with the King and up with Khamenei” during rallies the day before. This news prompted around 20,000 Sunnis to rally on February 21 to urge the government not to engage in talks with opposition groups.
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