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Bahrain Opposition vs. State-Sponsored Terrorism

Bahrain Opposition vs. State-Sponsored Terrorism

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An account of the events in Bahrain from the 11th of March till the date of the uploading of the document.
An account of the events in Bahrain from the 11th of March till the date of the uploading of the document.

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Bahrain OppositionVs.
State-Sponsored Terrorism
The Unfolding of Events from 11
th
March – 31
st 
March, 2011
March 2011
 
Introductory Notes:
This brief report is only meant to draw out the events in Bahrain fromFriday, 11 March, 2011 until Thursday, 31 March 2011, believing thatthe 11
th
was a turning point in the revolutionwith events deterioratingfrom then on.
All the events and details in this report can be backed up primarily bypictures and/or video, in addition to some eyewitness accounts thathave been carefully picked and verified by more than one reliablesource.
Many more details available throughout the Internet cloud. Thedocument is not meant to be exhaustive but serves as a brief referenceto the understanding of the events.
For the purpose of size of the document, supporting pictures – updateddaily – can be viewed viaBahrain in Pictures.
 
Background
 The “Pearl Revolution”, as it has come to be known, started on the 14
th
 of February, 2011, demanding mainly for political reform.The movement has seen many ups and downs for both the protesters& the regime during the period from the 14
th
February leading on to the 11
th
 March. Following are the main highlights of the movement and the ensuingevents just before the 11
th
March and that influenced where things have cometo be:
Up to the 11
th
of March, the protesters had lost 7 martyrs due togovernment brutality & the government’s use of disproportionate force:
o
1 martyr on 14
th
of Feb. gunshot wounds
o
1 martyr on 15
th
of Feb. gunshot wounds
o
4 martyrs on 17
th
of Feb. during dawn raid on Pearl Square
o
1 martyr on18
th
of Feb. shot down by the army
The army were pulled out of the streets on the 19
th
by the CrownPrince & people gathered back at “Pearl Square” since then. TheCrown Prince then asked for National dialogue to commence.
More than 200 political prisoners were pardoned by the King andreleased shortly after, including the group of 25 accused of a “terror plot” and encarcerated since mid-2010.
Towards the end of February, 3 coalitions appeared on the politicalscene:
o
The National Unity Group; a pro-government group led by Sh.Abdullatif Al Mahmood.
o
The “Coalition for a Constitutional Monarchy”; opposition groupencompassing all the 7 “legalized” political societies in Bahrainand led by Al Wefaq (Sh. Ali Salman).
o
The “Coalition for a Republic”; opposition group encompassingthe “illegally operating” groups of Haq (Hassan Mushaime’), AlWafa (Abdelwahab Husain) and Bahrain Freedom Movement(Dr. Saeed Al Shehabi; in London).
During the 1
st
week of March, the 7 political societies gave the CrownPrince a set of “principles for dialogue” which were a precondition tothe commencement of the National Dialogue initiative. A “reply” fromthe Crown Prince was not received before the 13
th
of March.
Sectarian tensions were immensely fueled by pro-governmentpersonalities (Sh. Abdullatif Al Mahmood, Jassim Al Saeedi & Sh.Mohammed Khalid) and organizations (primarily Bahrain TV) duringthis period with a few unrelated incidents also occurring during thisperiod (e.g. Hamad Town, Busaiteen, and the car accident near BFH).Attempts to fuel this were dodged successfully by the opposition untilthe 11
th
March
(this topic will be covered in a separate report)

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