| April 22nd, 2011 washington_post_logo

In Bahrain, government crackdown hits middle-class Shiites hard

MANAMA, Bahrain — A government crackdown on the Shiite-dominated political opposition is reaching deep into Bahrain’s middle-class professions, according to local political leaders and human rights activists, potentially threatening the country’s long-term stability.

Doctors, businessmen, engineers, academics, teachers and now journalists have all been targeted for questioning and detention, observers say, with hundreds arrested and hundreds more fired.