Bahrain Crackdown Puts Pressure On U.S. Diplomacy
Posted by alanmirs on May 23, 2011
Bahrain Crackdown Puts Pressure On U.S. Diplomacy NPR
When popular uprisings swept through Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, President Obama openly threw his support behind the protesters, trumpeting the dual ideals of democracy and freedom.
But that was not the case when the unrest reached Bahrain. The demonstrators, mostly from the majority Shiite population, were calling for reforms in the tiny island kingdom ruled by Sunnis.
The protests quickly turned nasty — scores of people were killed, hundreds wounded. Neighboring Saudi Arabia sent in about 1,000 troops to help quell the demonstrations.
Since then, Bahrain has faced a reign of terror, says Brian Dooley with Human Rights First, who has just returned from a research trip to the country. He says those involved in the protests are subject to arbitrary arrest and detention, sometimes for months…….
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