Just had further communication, from my sister Keri in Bahrain, about the current situation:
It’s been quiet. Eerie. We haven’t been near town. We have just watched it all on BBC World. The problem being is that some of the footage being shown is over 10 yrs old! We plan to venture out a bit further tomorrow so will let you know. The problem now will be how much force will the military use to bring back the security of the country!
From what I understand, a lot will depend on the reaction of the protesters overnight, as protests have now been banned and the military have been despatched onto the streets. The Bahraini Government will be hoping this show of force will be enough, although the deaths are regrettable to Western eyes.
From reading some recent information from the region, there have been some changes within the country over recent years, but given the nature of the tensions within the country (minority Sunni Muslims ruling the majority Shia), these haven’t been enough to forestall the demonstrations. No doubt the opposition have felt emboldened by Tunisia and Egypt, and there’s no telling where it might go in Bahrain, given the US have a naval base there, its not out of the question that they will have a say.
I just hope she takes care out there, although in a phone call this morning, she did say that if it did get worse, the Foreign Office would probably evacuate the British nationals, which is something, I guess!