Bahrain protests: Five key facts
The uprising that swept through the Middle East reached Bahrain's central Pearl Square, as thousands turned out to protest for reforms. Here is a list of key facts about this small cluster of islands off Saudi Arabia's coast.
What were the protests about?
Bahrain’s protests last year were about political representation and reform, economic concerns, and human rights. Bahrain’s Shiites claimed that they face discrimination in jobs, education, and other aspects of daily life. They want political representation in Parliament and other areas of government proportional to their numbers, and to no longer be barred from many government and military positions.