Today marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the Bahraini revolution against its minority, Sunni ruling monarchy. The demonstrations are presumably inspired by the wave of protests that started in Tunisia and swept the Arab World in 2011.
The press attaché of the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the ministry has not issued any official statement concerning the Bahraini revolution’s anniversary.
According to Zoubair Choudi, an Ennahda representative, the situation in Bharain is “ambiguous and hazy,” thus it is unclear who is pulling the strings of the uprising.
Yet, the violence and protests in Bahrain still continue. Yesterday, Bahraini police fired tear gas at anti-government protesters in Manama, who were trying to get to Pearl Square in preparation for the Shiite led uprising’s anniversay.
Amnesty International released a statement on Monday condemning the Royal government’s handling of the situation, despite the recent measures that were taken by the latter to ease the political unrest that overtook the country.
“It is not a revolution in it’s strict sense due to its connection to sectarian issues. It is a very special case that should be treated with restraint,” stated Choudi. “It is hard to take a stance concerning this issue, a certain degree of reservation is needed.”
An official Bahraini delegation participated in the celebrations of the Tunisian revolution’s one-year anniversary on January 14, 2012.