An Imported Police Force

Jacqwi Campbell reports on a Bahraini protest and funeral for martyrs in Sitra:

From every corner of the funeral crowd, people were calling for the government to stop giving citizenship to members of the country’s police force, who they say are largely Yemeni, Syrian, Jordanian, and Pakistani. They spoke of how the government seemed to be bringing in Sunni foreigners as security personnel, to increase the Sunni population and to make the police primarily loyal to the royal family, which, unlike the majority of Bahrainis, is Sunni. The demonstrators preached unity between Sunni and Shiite, and Sunnis were in attendance at Sitra, but the inequality of the two sects weighs heavily in the demands and anger of the crowd. “The police will not be able to bring out the will of the people,” the speaker said.