Bahrain, a tiny island in the western shores of the Persian Gulf, saw no reprieve from the recent anti-government protests, which were partly inspired from similiar revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

The majority Shia population in Bahrain have long said they are discriminated against when it comes to housing and government jobs and has been been calling for greater political rights from the Sunni royal family.

King Hamed bin Isa al-Khalifa, who declared a state of emergency in the island for three months on Tuesday, arrested several opposition leaders yesterday as part of a crackdown on anti-government protests in the Gulf kingdom.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she finds the situation in Bahrain alarming and criticized the government's use of force against protesters.

We find what's happening in Bahrain alarming. We think that there is no security answer to the aspirations and demands of the demonstrators, she told CBS. They are on the wrong track.

The US State Department also released a message on twitter, saying We object to excessive force and violence against demonstrators; we raised our concerns directly today to Bahrain.