Essay on How Did Bahrain End Up in a Bloody Revolution

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Bahrain is a very small place in the Persian Gulf and is made up of small clusters of islands, or geologically is called an archipelago. It has a population of roughly over 1 million people; 1, 248, 348 to be exact. Its capital is known to be Al-Manamah and is ruled through a constitutional monarchy. In the ancient times, Bahrain was an important center of trade, and it was ruled by various groups ranging from the Persians to the Arabs. However, since 1783, it has been ruled by the al-Khalifahs, which hasn’t changed since. It gained full independence from Britain in 1971. Bahrain, just like the other areas in the Persian Gulf, is known to have oil wells; however it has the least in the area. Conflicts between the Sunnis and Shias began as …show more content…
Since July 2002, the government has also been following a policy of naturalization of Sunnis from neighboring GCC countries to dilute Shiite demographic majority” (370).
It is also important to point out that the above report can be backed up in the documentary we have watched in class Shouting in the Dark. From there on, pro-democracy civilians decided to take over the streets and show their urge to transform into a democratic nation. The thought that the country has been ruled by the same family since the late 1700s, the very vivid discriminations that people were faced with everyday which eventually affected the lives of people both economically and mentally were enough reasons to lead to one of the biggest uprisings in the Middle-East since the beginning of the Arab Spring. Zunes, 2013, expands more on this in his text: “Of the popular pro-democracy civil insurrections which swept the Middle East in 2011, none were as large—relative to the size of the country—as the one which took place in the island kingdom of Bahrain. And, while scattered resistance continues, none were so forcibly and thoroughly suppressed” (149). As also shown in the documentary, the protests that took place in Bahrain were immense, and the people were not ready to give up their fight, no matter how much force and brutality they were faced with. As also stated later in the above journal article, the protestors who were jailed were also faced

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