The Bahraini uprising has been ignored by Arab leaders and world elites.
But human-rights groups accuse the Bahraini security forces of “weaponizing” both the gas and the canisters, to lethal effect.
There was another wall of riot police, and men carrying Bahraini flags milled up and down the road.
It's a long standing tradition of theirs over decades of Bahraini protests, but never, the witnesses say, with such force.
So, does that mean because the Libyan rebels lost, that the Bahraini people will cease their pursuit of parliamentary democracy?
The tender was for 1.6 million canisters—more than one round for every Bahraini citizen.
Protests by the Shia majority have been a feature of Bahraini politics since the Iranian revolution in 1979.
His arrest came at the height of the Bahraini Pearl Revolution early last year.
But the Bahraini government, which carefully manages its image in Washington, ignored that completely.
Abdulemam was tried in absentia by a military court in June 2011, along with twenty prominent Bahraini opposition figures.