The story of Bahrain‘s 14 February uprising in 2011 can be told in four broad chapters:
- Mass demonstrations and failed negotiations
- A bloody government crackdown
- A perfunctory attempt at reconciliation and dialogue
- Political stalemate born of royal infighting and sectarian polarisation.
That stalemate arguably ended with the government’s decision to revoke the citizenship of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the kingdom’s most prominent Shia Muslim cleric and spiritual inspiration behind the main opposition bloc Wefaq.
These included the re-arrest of outspoken government critic Nabeel Rajab and a travel ban on activists planning to attend this month’s UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
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