After the ousting of the Tunisian Ben Ali, a series of uprisings started in the Arab world. In Egypt, the uprising had been successful and Mubarak was dethroned. In Yemen, Syria and Libya the revolt movements are going on. The outrage against dictators spread across the Arab world until it reached the Gulf shores. Bahrainis inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian “Revolutions” decided to say no to dictatorship.
In this small country, a majority of Shia Muslims is unfairly ruled by a family from the Sunni minority. People fed up with inequality, oppression and sectarian discrimination decided to protest for their basic rights. Since Monday, February 14th, 2011, peaceful protests started in Bahrain. For a while, we heard about these demonstrations and sit-ins around the Pearl roundabout. Not surprisingly, this protest movement has been savagely repressed by the Bahraini regime helped by guess whom? The country of dictatorship and the welcoming land for dictators: Saudi Arabia. On Thursday, February 17th, 2011 security forces started a surprising attack on the peaceful demonstrators at the Pearl Square in the early morning hours. Several people were killed and others were badly injured. Furthermore, many protestors were arrested and brutally tortured. As it is the practice in the Arab countries, local media hided the truth and started telling lies and spreading rumors. In the beginning international media evoked what happened but shortly the Bahraini massacre has been forgotten.
Today sectarian cleansing is going on. Bahraini regime is carrying on his oppression campaign. Several people are arrested and detained just because of the publication of pictures showing them at the Pearl Square on Facebook. A number of persons are missing. The world is silent.
By Our silence we also incur a share in the guilt. This is why we have to support Bahrainis in their quest for freedom.