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Bahrain

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Inspired by the regional Arab Spring, Bahrain's Shia majority started large protests against its Sunni rulers in early 2011. [112][113]:162–3 The government initially allowed protests following a pre-dawn raid on protesters camped in Pearl Roundabout. [113]:73–4, 88 A month later it requested security assistance from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries and declared a three-month state of emergency. [113]:132–9 The government then launched a crackdown on the opposition that included conducting thousands of arrests and systematic torture. [114][115][116][117][118] Almost daily clashes between protesters and security forces led to dozens of deaths. [119] Protests, sometimes staged by opposition parties, were ongoing. [120][121][122][123][124] More than 80 civilians and 13 policemen have been killed as of March 2014[update]. [125] According to Physicians for Human Rights, 34 of these deaths were related to government usage of tear gas originally manufactured by U. S. -based Federal Laboratories. [126][127] The lack of coverage by Arab media in the Persian Gulf,[128] as compared to other Arab Spring uprisings, has sparked several controversies. Iran is alleged by United States and others to have a hand in the arming of Bahraini militants. [129]