Friends and relatives chant anti-government slogans during the funeral of Mahmoud Maki Abu Taki, 22, who died during clashes between Bahraini anti-government protesters and riot police on Thursday, in Sitra village, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain state TV says a three-month state of emergency has been declared to try to quell political unrest threatening the monarchy.
The statement from Bahrain's king says that the nation's armed forces chief is authorized to take all measures to stamp out protests that have gripped the island nation for the past month.
Tuesday's move comes a day after a Saudi-led military forces arrived to help prop up the U.S.-backed regime.
Bahrain's Shiite majority is seeking sweeping reforms against the Sunni rulers.