The government wrath against the “arab spring” surfacing in Bahrain has turned its ugly face to inflicting gross criminal sentences upon doctors and other health care workers who treated protesters fleeing from Pearl Square, in the Bahrain capital, Manama. Pearl Square used to be a rallying point for Shia protestors until the Suuni run government stuck a round hole in it. The government sentenced 18 doctors and 2 paramedics to 5 to 15 years for aiding protestors. 70% of the 525,000 citizens of Bahrain are Shia, who are systematically excluded from influence economically or otherwise
Medicins Sans Frontieres, the non-profit physician group which operates in difficult and often dangerous environments shut down its offices after a raid by the government recently. MSF treated a man shot at close range and injured by a tear gas canister and sent him to a hospital by ambulance. Shortly thereafter 14 government vehicles appeared and ransacked the MSF office carting away medicine, patient files and furniture. The doctors sentenced include Ali al-ikri who has indicated he would rather spend 20 years in jail than ignore his ethical duty as a physician to treat those in need.
This is an American ally that needs that needs a swift kick in the right location and direction.