Comments on: Sunni-Shi’ite sectarian divide widens after Bahrain unrest Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mitsuii Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:45:37 +0000 The government controlled media has been working hard to fragment Bahraini society on a sectarian basis and to view opposition group as having a sectarian agenda.

The major liberal political society WAAD has had its headquarters ransacked/set on fire several times, and leading members have had their houses attacked by Molotov bombs. The liberal party leader Ebrahim Sharif, who is a Sunni and a major opposition personality has been one of the first people to be locked up since the government crack-down in March. Reports show that he is facing extreme torture in prison. Another Sunni opposition personality is Mohammed AlBuflasa who remains locked-up in jail and reportedly on hunger strike.

This is the game the Al-Khanifa will to play – they will fragment Bahraini society because they understand that unity is a major threat to their position as monarchs. They will corner the shia opposition al-Wefaq party to enter negotiations on their terms and conditions. Personalities that have power to unify the country such as Sharif and AlBuflasa will be locked up till negotiations end, and anyone who dares to call for unity will be crushed.

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