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?

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    Bahrainis shout slogans in Pearl Square in the Bahraini capital Manama on Feb.15. Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square.
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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.

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