Bahraini Protests (2011)

Rally outside Shiite sheikh's home reflects Bahrain unrest

Hundreds of Bahraini protesters kept up their rally Thursday outside the home of a Shiite cleric, a day after they chanted a promise to "give our soul and blood as a sacrifice" to protect him following the government's move that revoked his citizenship this week.

The demonstration in support of Sheikh Isa Qassim shows the unrest gripping the tiny island of Bahrain, sparked by an intense government's crackdown on opposition groups and dissent, on a level unseen since its 2011 Arab Spring protest.

But while the protests five years ago saw the island's Shiite majority and others rise up to demand more political freedom from its Sunni rulers, this crackdown has seen...