side the US embassy in Manama.
They carried signs that said "Give me liberty or give me death" and "Stop supporting dictators".
Ludovic Hood, a human rights specialist in the political section of the US embassy, offered doughnuts to the protesters --- a quintessentially American handout.
In response, a local cleric opined: "These sweets are a good gesture, but we hope it is translated into practical action."...
Those protesters did not expect that, just two months later, Hood would be shipped back to the US from his post in Manama --- prematurely, some say --- after having been threatened on Bahraini pro-government websites.