Inspired by the wave of protests throughout the Middle East during the Arab Spring, Shias living in Gulf country of Bahrain set upon the capital of Manama, demonstrating and petitioning for more rights from the minority Sunni-led government.

The response was a brutal crackdown, with foreign-backed troops, favorable to the monarchy, shooting and killing a multitude of protesters as they tried to reclaim their rallying site, the Pearl Roundabout. International pressure forced Bahraini leaders to cede the monument until the spotlight dissipated, after which it was torn down and remaining dissidents jailed.

Today, the opposition persists with clandestine meetings and sporadic demonstrations which are quick quelled by security forces. The future for Bahrain's suppressed Shia community remains unclear.

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