Bahrain Use of Force May Hit Economy as Shiites Opposed to Ruler Protest

Rage at Bahrain’s Sunni ruler, King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, permeated the March 22 funeral of the first woman killed after his crackdown against the opposition a week earlier. The slogans show how protesters have been radicalized by the violence against them: When Shiites started rallying in February they were asking King Hamad for rights, jobs and Cabinet changes, not demanding his overthrow.
The Al Khalifa family’s decision was to quell the protests, arrest their leaders and invite a Saudi-led force to help restore order may backfire on the island nation’s economy.

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