On 14 February 2011, in the wake of the events in Tunisia and Egypt, groups of young Bahraini activists called for a sit-in in the Louloua Roundabout in Manama. The movement soon expanded, and was met with repression by the regime. The protesters’ demands were initially merely about reform. Yet the King’s intransigence has resulted into a radicalization of the movement.
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