GlobalPost: Bahrain mired in dangerous stalemate, March 25, 2011

In addition, the government has made clear that it won’t tolerate any type of dissent.

It has not disclosed the number of political detainees it is holding. But they include several Shiite opposition figures, and at least one Sunni, secular-oriented politician, Ibrahim Sharif, head of the liberal Waad Party.

He was detained, said Munira Fakhro, a leading figure in the Waad Party, “because they don’t want a Sunni voice aligned with the Shia voices because this [dispute with the government] has to be sectarian.”

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