The island nation of Bahrain’s Pearl Square Roundabout has been the site of major protests for more than a week, but today they were an absolute mass of people, with over 100,000 protesters, fully 1/5 of the island’s population, massed to protest against the regime.
The protesters had initially demanded major reforms and equal rights for the nation’s Shi’ite majority, which has complained it is kept out of important jobs by the Sunni ruling class. After violent crackdowns, the protesters demanded the ouster of the king entirely and a regime change.
The king has sought to calm the protesters, initially offering a $3,000 per family “gift” and now, with the protests swelling to record highs, promising to release a number of Shi’ite political prisoners accused of “plotting against the state.”
Despite its small size, Bahrain is particularly important to the US, both because it is the home of the American Fifth Fleet and because the island borders the oil producing portion of Saudi Arabia, itself contain a large, downtrodden Shi’ite population. There is concern, particularly amongst the Saudis, that if Bahrain’s monarchy is replaced with a democracy that it will provoke massive protests demanding freedom in that nation as well.
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There are many Filipinos, Indians, and other people from Southeast Asia brought in to Bahrain as cheap labor. Which isn't good for the poor among the Shia. But this fits the behavior of the NWO elites. The guest workers are as many as the entire Bahraini population, and I know from a person in Bahrain that they commit most of the violent crimes in the country. When you hear on the news there of someone being robbed and beaten, or a rape, it is almost always one of these Southeast Asians who did it.
This is a heinous crime against the people, forcing them to live under these conditions. Let's hope the Shia Muslims manage to free themselves from the tyranny. The Bahraini are the most peaceful people in the Gulf, known to always be polite and quiet, never wanting to make a fuss. Called "the Japanese of the Gulf." If they can revolt anyone can. It will be an inspiration to us all.
Population replacement is indeed a trademark tactic of the American-Zionist Empire. No other policy shows as much contempt for the native-born serfs as this.
What never gets mentioned is that last weekend nearly 300,000 people came out for a pro-government rally at the Al Fateh Mosque and Corniche area. It wasn't even mentioned on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera or here. There is a lot of bias in reporting about Bahrain.
As someone who has lived here for 14 years I can tell you, the situation is more complex than shallow reports like the one above are relating.
20% of the citizens, not the population – which according to wikipedia is 1.2 million, of whom over half (666k) are not citizens.
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