In Bahrain, authorities move against protesters seeking a repeat of Egypt and Tunisia
By Janine Zacharia
Thursday, February 17, 2011
MANAMA, BAHRAIN – In one sense, the anti-government protests here are not new. Shiite Muslims are a majority of Bahrain’s population, and they have rarely been shy about challenging the power and privilege vested in the Sunni minority under the ruling al-Khalifa family.
But this time, Bahrain’s Shiite protesters are modeling their message on the back-to-back revolts that have toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia. As a substitute for Cairo’s Tahrir Square, they have chosen as the epicenter of their movement Pearl Square, a traffic circle in the heart of Bahrain’s financial district.