Bahrain spends $95m yearly on protest crackdown, report shows

Regime also spent $2.5bn on arms
Bahrain spends $95m yearly on protest crackdown, report shows
Bahrain has seen near daily protests since the start of the unrest in early 2011
By Neil Halligan
Wed 08 Oct 2014 11:40 AM

A new report has revealed that Bahrain spends $95 million a year in its crackdown on the country’s pro-democracy protesters.

Arabic newspaper Al-Maidan said the regime in Bahrain has hired 21,000 security personnel, which includes Pakistani expats.

Bahrain has also spent over $2.5 billion on buying arms since the protests against the Al Khalifa royal family began three years ago.

Sunni Muslim-ruled Bahrain has been shaken by persistent unrest since mostly Shi'ite Muslim demonstrators, who complain of political marginalisation, took to the streets in February 2011 to call for greater democracy.

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