Bahrain: protesters charge Washington “green light” for repression

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalif announced March 21 that “a foreign plot” against the small Gulf state has been foiled. “There is a foreign plot that has been in the making for at least 20 to 30 years so that the ground is ready for its execution,” said the king, in a clear allusion to Iran. But the crackdown on protesters in Bahrain has left many angry with the United States. At the Sadiq Mosque in Manama, Sheikh Issa Qassim said of the US: “They have influence they’re not using to save the people here.” One of the worshippers, Isa Ashoor, agreed: “Everybody is thinking America gave them the green light to beat the Bahraini people.” (AGI, NPR, March 21)

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