A Secular Opposition Group Is the Latest Victim of Bahrain’s ‘Ruthless’ Crackdown

Bahraini security forces during a raid on a sit-in demonstration, Diraz, Bahrain, May 23, 2017 (AP photo).
Bahraini security forces during a raid on a sit-in demonstration, Diraz, Bahrain, May 23, 2017 (AP photo).

Bahrain’s political scene has never been defined by the presence of a robust opposition. But the dissolution last Wednesday of Waad, a major secular opposition group, took an ongoing crackdown to new heights. Waad was hardly the first opposition movement to be targeted; one year ago, for example, the government suspended the activities of al-Wefaq, at the time Bahrain’s main Shiite political party. But Waad will likely be the last opposition group to endure the government’s wrath for a while, by virtue of the fact that it was the only one left. Waad was a fixture of the pro-democracy protests […]

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