Bahrain is stepping up security ahead of Sunday's Formula One race. Activists say many protestors have been arrested. The Kingdom has been criticized for its human rights record and for using force to suppress dissent.
Bahraini security forces have arrested 116 people on charges of terrorism, accusing them of being part of a network established by Iran's Revolutionary Guard. The suspects allegedly plotted attacks on state officials.
Protesters have lit flares and shouted anti-government slogans on the seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising. Anti-austerity rallies have slammed a government decision to raise taxes amid an economic slump.
Barbara Zanchetta, a London-based expert on war studies, tells DW that analyses of Syria's conflict tend to oversimplify the complex issue by labeling it only as a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Nabeel Rajab was on trial for posting tweets that were critical of the Bahraini government. He had denounced the alleged use of torture in Bahraini prisons and abuses in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.
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