The Bahrain Uprising in Numbers

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What is happening in Bahrain?

Statistics from the Bahraini Uprising that will help understand why the population of Bahraini is standing up to the ruling family in power.

What is happening in Bahrain?Population of Bahrain: 1.2 million
Number of citizens: 535,000
Percentage of citizens who are Shia Muslim: 70
Percentage of those in government: 13
Number of senior positions they fill in the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, the National Guard, the Supreme Defense Council, and the Royal Court: 0
Percentage in the Ministry of Finance: 10
Percentage in the Ministry of Information: 6
Percentage in the judiciary: 5
Of the 1,000 National Security Apparatus employees, percentage who are non-Bahraini: 64
Percentage who are Shia Bahraini: less than 5
Of the 20,000 paramilitary Special Security Forces, percentage who are non-Bahraini: 90
Percentage who are Shia Bahraini: 0
Number of elected Bahrainis from all sects who sit on the country’s all-powerful Shura Council: 0
Day pro-democracy protests began in Bahrain as part of the Arab Spring: Feb. 14, 2011
People who took to the streets: 300,000
Proportional equivalent if Egyptians had done likewise: 40 million
Evidence that Iran instigated the demonstrations: 0
Day Saudi Arabia invaded to put down the uprising: March 14, 2011
Number of Saudi, UAE, and Qatari troops who arrived in armored vehicles: 1,500
People killed since Feb. 14: 50
Fatalities as a result of tear gas shot into residential homes or birdshot fired at close range: 30
Age of youngest victim: 5 days
Arbitrary arrests: 1,500
Civilians sentenced by military courts: 208
Physicians sentenced for offering medical treatment to demonstrators: 20
Cumulative jail terms levied: 2,500 years
Citizens currently accused of violating freedom of speech or assembly laws: 1,000
Documented cases of torture and ill-treatment since the revolt began: 1,866
Bahraini officials held responsible for killings or the systemic use of torture: 0
Mosques destroyed: 40+
Journalists targeted: 90+
Workers fired for supporting, taking part, or suspicion of having taken part in pro-democracy activities: 2,710
University students expelled for the same reasons: 477
Prisoners of conscience: 500
Bahrain’s rank among countries in political prisoners per capita: 1st
Proposed U.S. arms sales to Bahrain: $53 million
Years the al-Khalifa family has ruled Bahrain: 228
Days left in power: numbered

Thanks to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and other NGOs for helping compile these figures.

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