During the past several months there have been numerous protests in Bahrain which center on the rights of Shiites who are living in a Sunni controlled society. People who went to Pearl Square in order to express lack of confidence in the government were hounded, attacked and many shot during these demonstrations. The government halted use of ambulances to transport wounded people and doctors demanded that such barriers to help the wounded should end.
Twenty doctors and aides have been arrested, forced into a trial conducted by a military tribunal and sentenced to jail for anywhere from five to fifteen years. Their crime is simple–they cared for the wounded, they sought to allow ambulances to carry out their duties and they even joined in demonstrations. Today, Bahrain rulers can send the innocent to jail. Tomorrow, we may witness the end of an outdated archaic form of government-rule by oil sheiks.