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Military seizes control in Bahrain

Four killed in harsh crackdown on anti-government protests


 

After days of protests following the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Bahrain’s military has carried out a definitive and brutal crackdown by banning protests and swarming the capital Manama’s Pearl Square on Thursday. Four people were killed, according to medical officials, who also reported that the wounded were streaming into hospitals with serious wounds. The Interior Ministry sent text messages to Bahrainis warning them to stay indoors, while the army deployed tanks and military checkpoints at key points throughout Manama. Unlike the protests in Egypt and Tunisia, which were unanimous calls from a people’s majority for the end of corrupt and authoritarian governments, the protests in Bahrain seem to be based on religious divisions in the tiny Gulf island nation. Anti-government protesters have demanded that the ruling Sunni monarchy surrender its control over top government posts and address the grievances of the Shia majority, who claim systematic discrimination and exclusion from the public service and military.

CBC


 
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Military seizes control in Bahrain

  1. America has had recent protests that resulted in change:
    * 1964 – New York City 1964 race riot, July 18–23
    * 1964 – Rochester 1964 race riot, July 24–25
    * 1964 – Jersey City 1964 race riot,[8] August 2–4
    * 1964 – Elizabeth 1964 race riot,[8] August 11–13 (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
    * 1964 – Philadelphia 1964 race riot August 28–30
    * 1965 – Watts Riot, August 1965, (Los Angeles)
    * 1966 – Benton Harbor Riot, August–September 1966 (Benton Harbor, Michigan)
    * 1966 – Atlanta riot of 1966, Sep. 6 (Atlanta, Georgia)
    * 1966 – Sunset Strip curfew riots (Los Angeles)
    * 1967 – Tampa Riots of 1967, June 1967 ( Florida)
    * 1967 – Buffalo riot of 1967, June 27 (Buffalo, New York)
    * 1967 – 1967 Newark riots, July 12–18, 1967 (Newark, New Jersey)
    * 1967 – 1967 Plainfield riots, July 14–20, 1967 (Plainfield, New Jersey)
    * 1967 – 12th Street Riot, July 23–29, 1967 (Detroit)
    * 1968 – 1968 Washington, D.C. riots, April 1968 (Washington, D.C)
    * 1968 – Baltimore riot of 1968, April 6–12 (Baltimore, Maryland)
    * 1968 – Kansas City riot of 1968, April 1968 (Kansas City, Missouri)
    * 1968 – Louisville riots of 1968, May 27, (Louisville, Kentucky)
    * 1968 – Martin Luther King jr. riots(related: 1968 Chicago, Illinois riots, 1968 Washington, D.C.
    * 1968 – 1968 Democratic National Convention riot, August 1968, (Chicago, Illinois,
    * 1969 – Stonewall Riots, June 1969, (New York City, New York)
    * 1969 – Days of Rage, Oct. 1969, (Chicago, Illinois)

    1970s

    * 1970 – Augusta Georgia Riot, May 1970
    * 1970 – Kent State shootings, May 1970, (Kent, Ohio)
    * 1971 – Camden Riots, August 1971, (Camden, New Jersey)
    etc., etc., etc.
    Rudy Haugeneder
    Victoria, BC

    • "Recent?"

  2. I could be wrong, but isn't there a big difference between a protest, and a riot…the Majority of the above references are all ''Riots''….Just saying…..

  3. The Egypt-inspired protests began Monday as a cry for the country's Sunni monarchy to loosen its grip, including hand-picking most top government posts, and open more opportunities for the country's majority Shiites, who have long complained of being blocked from decision-making roles or key posts in the military.
    The protest movement's next move is unclear, but the island nation has been rocked by street battles as recently as last summer.
    . I'm really surprised that Obama is making such anti-democracy comments recently, and not being more openly supportive. The latest example is the TMZ clip that captured some off the cuff comments from Obama: http://fms.nu/gQi1sK

    If he keeps this up, the United States will be looked down upon for not supporting freedom and equality in opportunity for all people. This is something that was supposed to be core to American values.

    • The United States has always insisted on freedom and independence for itself while staying clear of any invovement in the affairs of other countries. Thus, George Washington resolutely steered clear of any US involvement in the French Revolution once he became President. Of course, that hasn't prevented the US from butting in from time to time, when its leaders believe that it's interests are at stake.

  4. pcow

    The military is not doing enough to keep people safe. Did you see that CBS anchor being sexually assaulted by a mob. It's a real shame when a few bad people make everyone look bad, and the military knows this… they should step in and not allow for such things to take place.
    http://fms.nu/gQi1sK

    Go to the link and see exclusive video footage.

  5. Pat Buchanan has hit the nail on the head: "Indeed, the American hour seems to be rapidly approaching its end…What vital interest of a United States staring at bankruptcy would be imperiled if we got out of the way, stopped fighting these countries' wars and paying these countries' bills and let these people determine their own future for good or ill?"

    The US had the power to gently force change, and instead backed dictators. Now it's caught like a deer in the headlights. Republicans or Democrats, doesn't matter….history is passing them by right before their eyes and they're on the wrong side of it.

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