Bahrain Opposition Weakens to Almost Nothing

The uprising across Bahrain has for the most part fallen of the map of international coverage by news agencies recently, except for when Nabeel Rajab the prominent activist and Ali Salman an opposition leader were imprisoned.

However, recent commentary on the tiny state in the Gulf by a foreign correspondent suggesting the country is largely peaceful has prompted a debate amongst activists in Bahrain both in and outside the country.

Four years ago, Bahrain experienced massive protests inspired by the then strong Arab Spring. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to initially demand reform in the political system but later calling for King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa to step down.

With the king tittering on the edge of his grip of power, Saudi Arabia led an intervention by the Gulf against the revolutionaries prompting strong clashes that lead to the deaths of protestors and to a number of members of law enforcement.

The monarchy was able to survive in 2011 but four years later has witnessed more rallies, accusations of abuses of human rights and a royal commission investigating the response by the government during the uprising.

With conflict and war being widespread across the Gulf region, hopes raised by the Arab Spring are not as strong as before and the word is that fatigue has overcome the protest movement in Bahrain.

The population of Bahrain is only 1.2 million, of which 50% are non-nationals. The area of Sitra is made up of many villages and estimated to be where 100,000 people live and the only strong area of opposition today.

Only 150,000 residents live in Manama the capital, and for those outside, the only way to hear of any protests in on the Internet.

Protests that rocked the capital in 2011 have been shut down completely with the capital free of burning tires and clashes between protesters and police, which have added to the sense that the revolution has ended.

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