Saturday, February 19, 2011

Uprising in BAHRAIN

Revolution is the order of this month i suppose, as Tunisia led voices are now being echoed across the middle east. Egypt last week proved that the voices of the crowd can make a difference no matter how old a regime is.

teargas being used to scatter the protesters
Bahrain, which i would refer to as in my interests as the venue for the opening round of 2011 Formula 1 season is under political frenzy, as the protesters have raised their voices. At least five people have died in the recent unrest, with dozens more injured. The opposition has so far rejected talks with the government, ruled by the Khalifa royal family,until "tanks are off the streets."

Although the protest movement in Bahrain is fueled by economic and political concerns, the breakdown of power runs along sectarian lines. The country's Shia majority complains of discrimination and abuse at the hands of the Sunni-dominated government.
women chanting slogans against the government
After the orders of Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, armored cars and military personal were removed and were replaced by the civil police. But now the reports also stated that the protesters have taken the Manama's symbolic Pearl Square situated in Bahrain's Capital city. Police was out of tear gas and rubber bullets and gave way to the protesters. An angry woman impatient to march on Pearl Square shouted: "Every day! We need to be on the street!" Protesters wore bandanas over their faces to protect against tear gas. A protester who gave his name only as Riyad said: "We will stay. It will not end until the government listens to the people. We will not give up until the government collapses."

The country of 800,000 people is among a growing number of Muslim countries wracked by political dissent that began in Tunisia in North Africa last month. Protests have also sprung up since in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Iran and Iraq

More to add to this, the ahrain’s General Federation for Trade Unions will kick off a general nationwide strike tomorrow to protest the government’s violent response to the unrest, said Abdulla Mohammed Hussain, the assistant secretary general for Arab and international affairs at the federation. The federation represents workers in industries including aluminum, oil and transport. I wonder when Pakistan will see such a revolution.
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