This is important because it shows that the protests that began two years ago are still holding weight over today. The state of Bahrain while not willing to give up power, is hoping that the action of putting a police officer behind bars will be seen as symbol of acknowledgement, that the way the state handled the protests may not have been appropriate. In hopes that this gesture will calm the protesters. As if the government is still naively hoping that this will fix it's civil unrest. When in fact this event clearly shows the opposite, that the state is still unstable and unsure of what to do.
The deaths discussed in this article are an excellent example of one-sided violence, where the state is targeting unarmed civilians. The government cracked down on protests with brutality, not only did they destroy the main protest area, but Saudi Arabia also gave the Bahrainian Monarchy military support. This is a strong indicator that defends the theory discussed in class, that revolutions can be dangerous for neighboring countries for fear of contagion.
While protests still linger on today, the question is what should Bahrain do? Or even larger, what should the international community do? This question is difficult to answer, which is why there has been a lack action taken by the international community to support the citizens of Bahrain. Bahrain is a major ally of the United States and holds a very large navy base there. Bahrain is also very closely allied to Saudi Arabia. Between these two allies it seems the international community doesn’t see enough drive behind the rebellions to support them. Since this is the case, the US and other close allies should strongly urge Bahrain to give the people some basic freedoms, and stop harassing them with brutal crack-downs. While this doesn’t fix the long-term problem of an oppressive regime, it eases immediate tensions and creates an easier life for the public. Do you have other suggestion on how this situation should be addressed? Comment and let us know!