Senators Want Proposed Arms Sale to Bahrain Postponed – Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal reports on an attempt by US Senators to postpone a proposed arms sale to Bahrain.

WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. senators appealed to the Obama administration Wednesday to postpone a proposed arms sale to Bahrain to protest the monarchy’s crackdown on protesters.

The State Department notified Congress last month of U.S. plans to sell $53 million in arms to Bahrain, including more than 40 armored Humvees and 300 missiles.

“The United States must make it clear to the government of Bahrain that its ongoing human rights violations and unwillingness to acknowledge legitimate demands for reform have a negative impact on its relationship with the United States,” the Democratic senators said in a letter Wednesday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Doctors, along with politicians and journalists, were among those allegedly targeted by the government in the aftermath of the uprising earlier in the year that left about 30 people dead. In March, Bahrain invited a Gulf force of mainly Saudi troops to help it quell a large protest movement that saw hundreds arrested and thousands lose their jobs.

“In a country with a population of only 525,000, this represents a systematic effort to intimidate and punish those who promote democratic reform,” the senators wrote.

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