Voice of FEB14 – Bahraini YOUTH

With conflicted reports, opinions, and points of vies regarding the situation in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is critical to give voice to everyone and look at the where different age groups, religious backgrounds, and opposite genders stand.

I have and still am compiling quotes, opinions, and updates from Bahrainis on Twitter, facebook or those who have contacted me directly.

 

Here are the voices of the Bahraini youth:

“I support them.. I agree there needs to be a change, the government discriminates too much between Shiites and Sunnis, but I don’t support the violence.. I heard they’re burning tires and stuff- that’s not right because they might hurt innocent people.  The government brings immigrants to Bahrain and provides with them good salaries, houses, and private schools for their children but what about the Bahrainis themselves?”  – Sara A.Y. , 20

“Complete bull that is a result of underlying secretarian hate and the inability of the people to stand with onee another” – Wanted to remain anonymous, 25

“I didnt want them to go protest yesterday, at least not yesterday. They should’ve talked with him through media and letters and ask for meetings, and then they can protest, but not on the constitution’s anniversary, they knew it from the beginning it wont be for their good.  I’m not with a new prime minister, not with a totally new government, but with the housing, raising salaries and employment.  Until last night I supported the protesters partially, but after the police started using violence, I’m against the police totally and against the ignorance from the other people” - D. Al.M., 21

“The BBM service with all the broadcasts I get is annoying me. People are talking about Sunnis and Shiites more than needed. The news shows that only Shiites in Bahrain are protesting against living conditions, that is not true.” – Wala Al Hashimi, 22

“I just don’t want the violence to escalate and I hate that people are making statements without providing credible sources” -N.N., 20

“What’s saddening me the most about this whole situation, is watching the people of this country drown in sectarianism like never before. Hateful comments disrespecting those demonstrating peacefully only added to the tension we see today. Our biggest problem is that people don’t understand what respecting the opposing opinion means; we are not even allowed to have a civil discussion where sensitive matters are brought up. For instance, they have started a new course in college teaching history of Bahrain to foreigners; however, any controversial issue when brought up for discussion is faced intensely with violence and intolerance.  I believe that peaceful demonstrations demanding basic rights – just as what’s going on today, are a right to every citizen. Others’ disagreement shouldn’t mean blocking and ridiculing the other.”  -Nada Al-Mulla, 19.

“While Bahrain does need many changes, I think the changes should start within to unite the people before any revolution or change takes place. While a big number of Bahrainis are protesting at the lulu roundabout, there is a big number of Bahrainis celebrating the Mithaq and the Al-khalifa regime in Riffa and Muharraq. I think Bahrain is in serious need of awareness, and until we see Bahrianis standing hand in hand against what’s wrong, and not turning a blind eye, I doubt anything but a civil war to occur in Bahrain.. There is a great deal of hope in the newer generations none the less, for a big number of the Sunni sect are able to see above the Sunni/ Shiite borders and into the real problems going on in the country as a whole.” - Aysha Abdelmajeed, 23.

“ I got a feeling that Shiites feel that the revolution was just for them , some of them told me that I’m not suffering, but not all of them feels that way, I’m happy nonetheless because change will come out of this.” Zahra alrayas, 23

“In my point of view, yes, the people have the right to protest peacefully to get the massage to the officials. Their demands are realistic, yet, I see that they have to avoid reasons to clash with the police forces. How to protest peacefully if the protesters reach main roads and block daily lives and traffic, moreover, it is not officially registered so that authorities advice convenient spots/locations. I see that protesters should stick to the peaceful model, firstly to stop wasting precious Bahraini blood, and secondly, to not give the system the reasons to use weapons, not even to show power.” Ahmed yahya, 21

“I have never supported the sporadic violent protests, but the police handling proved profound and worrying issues with riot police and their tactics.” -Mohamed Sharaf, 23

I see this as a Civil Rights Movement, not about religion or regime toppling. Regardless of my personal beliefs on the two different sects, I must say that my belief on “treating people with equality” is inherent in all of my fundamental ideas and upbringing. Equality referring to our inalienable human rights! “Natural rights” and “legal rights” should be provided in harmony between a gov’t and its people.” -Amanda Grant, 23, Texas-USA, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies major at the university of Austin, Texas (currently living in Bahrain).

“I hate the sectarian labeling used by media & some people .. it’s offensive .. we never mention terms that divide locally.” -Salman Al-Abbasi

“I think that most Bahraini Shiites don’t have the rights they deserve in Bahrain, while all the expats have more rights like schools, houses and Bahrainis don’t have basic needs. This is the first time that the Shiite protesters don’t use violence such as tire burning and etc in order to get what they need and what they got back was 2 people dead.” – R. K., 21

“A guy was holding his son and walking on the road with the protesters and the policeman told him move away from here before I kill both you and your son.
Of course they should stand up, ask for your rights. That’s a person’s right to do that, but something is not right because what the police did was completely wrong
I had this whole respect for the people going out there, standing up for their rights and for the people who passed away in this whole thing, but now seeing these pictures of people selling popcorn and food, is just so disappointing.” – J.W., 23

“Frankly I don’t care if they stayed for a month on the roundabout, I hope they get what they wan’t if it means country Improvement, all as long as Me, and my kids r not harmed, oh, and would like to keep our king, I think he can do better than any one who might be loyal to Iran and not the independent well being of our country.” -Mayssa, 31

“I think its beyond idiotic for people to stand on a roundabout without a clear message to the government on they’re claims! Besides that I wouldn’t call this legal in any case! They’ve been there for days now! Ppl are late for work because the roads are closed and they’re threatening our peaceful environment! Its a riot! Nothing more. If they have problems with the government, there are ministries, parliment which shey’a’s are the majority in those, what we have on the streets are delinquents who want everything set on a platter. Anybody with a sense would never take they’re word seriously on what is Bahrain and what it has become.” -Noor alnaimi – 23

“I think Bahrainis should be doing this long time ago. We are not like who wants to be ruled under old fashion – kingdom regime. Bahrainis are educated and deserve to have a true democracy in their country. Personally the regime means nothing to me, but the land is everything, no matter who is the king, ministers and prime minsters have to be elected. Bahrainies learned eventually from the Tunisians and Egyptians and as I can see they are brave enough to be the first to force change in Royal regime.” - Ali Alawi, 22

“People are gathered up in the pearl roundabout and they are protesting with chants that are mostly to change the regime or with chants that are unifying the. It started on Facebook and it was the youth all the way there were no institutions or organizations or societies backing it up and it would disgust me if they tried to take credit.
Al Wefaq I think being part of the parliament had no say in it, until the first guy died and then they made a statement that said that they would suspend their memberships in the parliament. Until a solution is reached between the demands of the people and what the government would offer.” –Ali Al-Shaikh

“Did you know that the police are not using any weapons since yesterday and since they are being attacked with fire bottles and rocks thousands are driving and marching in support of the government. People from all over the gulf are with them. The reforms that are taking place are like no other in the world but they are just greedy and ignorant.” -Aysha Hamad

“It’s amazing cause it’s peaceful, they don’t use violence to solve their problems.
Protesters are using voice and flags to protest, and it’s the first time that it doesn’t include violence. What they did was amazing, because they showed outside people a point of view that the government used force and the place that they chose to protest is excellent because its gives them advantage.
Police cant attack them there and its surrounded by villages that can fight back, and its also surrounded by malls that visitors go to.” –Abdulrahman Al-Khawaja,  14

“I support what’s happening cause people standing peacefully voicing their demands and no one is using violence as many people say. The riot police attacked the people and the result is two martyrs the first in the peaceful protests and the 2nd martyr passed away during the funeral of the 1st martyr because the police started shooting bullets! We must be unite Shiites and Sunnis and respect the opposing opinion. It’s great to have peaceful protest on the other hand its sad to see people celebrating and the country lost two of its citizens i think even if they are against the protest they should respect the martyrs’ families and friends.” Wasan F. 19

The media is exaggeration what is happening over there. that is the people residing at the Lulu roundabout do not represent all the people of Bahrain… the situation there is more of a sectarian people trying to spread rumors. all the alleged human rights violations in Bahrain are based on NGO reports, which are politically motivated and have no binding legal power. The police they have human rights also and they have the right of self defense, but am not saying that we should tolerate the death of our people.” - N. Al S., 26

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5 thoughts on “Voice of FEB14 – Bahraini YOUTH

  1. All genuine Bahraini are desperate for change, but if nearly half of the population in Bahrain are people who are newly became naturalized, surely we will find them supporting the existing government which brought them to the HEAVEN! Many other Bahraini who are enjoying life with the existing situation , we do not expect from them any support for the change, only truly, genuine Bahraini who care about others and care about their children future will kill themselves for this change ..May god bless Bahrain and brave Bahraini.

  2. this is not an issue about protesting anymore, its becoming an issue about shia and sunna which is not right at all. everyone is against each other. its just about that bahrainis getting the rights that they deserve which have been taken from them by the expacts. its horrible how sunnis are cursing shi’s and how shi’s are cursing sunnis its very upsetting.

  3. I’m personally not with or against the protests. If people think their cause is worth DYING for, then the least we can do is to listen to what they’re saying. Please don’t forget that we all cheered for the youth in Egypt and Tunis when they voiced their opinions. It doesn’t matter if we have different opinions as long as we all share our love for Bahrain. Attacking one another and spreading rumors only shows how ignorant you really are. I’m truly disgusted from the amount of hate some of you posses.

  4. نداء شباب من أجل الحرية والديمقراطيةb
    نداء إلى شباب التيار الديمقراطي

    نداء إلى عموم شعب البحرين

    صادف يوم 14 فبراير الذكرى العاشرة للتوقيع على ميثاق العمل الوطني الذي صادق عليه شعب البحرين بمختلف فئاته وطوائفه وتوجهاته الفكرية بنسبة قاربت إلى الإجماع، حيث كانت تحذو الناس الرغبة الحقيقية في الخروج من الأزمة السياسية والأمنية التي كانت تمر بها البلاد منذ حل المجلس الوطني في العام 1975م.

    إن ما مرت به البلاد منذ سبعينات القرن المنصرم أكد على أن الأنظمة الاستبدادية قد تستطيع قطف الزهور ولكنها لن توقف زحف الربيع، وبأن شعبنا لن يرتد حتى يبني في الأرض جنته.

    ولقد رافق مرحلة التصويت على الميثاق عدد من الإصلاحات السياسية والانفراج الأمني ووعود بمزيد من الخطوات الإصلاحية الهادفة لمشاركة الشعب في صنع واقع المستقبل الوطني وإقامة ركائز المملكة الدستورية، إلا أن جميع تلك الوعود تم التراجع عنها بعد صدور دستور 2002 غير الشرعي بإرادة منفردة وبخلاف ما تم التصويت عليه من مبادئ في ميثاق العمل الوطني.

    وتواصلت الخطوات التراجعية التي مارسها الحكم في مسيرة الإصلاح، فأصدر عدد من القوانين المعيقة لحرية التعبير والرأي، وتقييد العمل السياسي ومؤسسات المجتمع المدني والنقابات، وحماية الجلادين من المسائلة، وممارسة الحكم لسياسات الإغراق في التجنيس الخارج عن القانون، وفساد استشرى في مؤسسات الحكم والدولة، وسرقة لثروات ومقدرات الأمة، بالإضافة إلى سياسات اقتصادية متضاربة أدت إلى المزيد من إفقار الشعب، وكأن النظام ضمن بأن شعب البحرين لن ينتفض من جديد، إلا أن ما يحصل في هذه المحطة التاريخية من تاريخنا الوطني المجيد يثبت بأن الثورة قوية كالفولاذ حمراء كالجمر باقية كالسنديان عميقة كحبنا الوحشي للوطن.

    ولكي لا تمر الأيام مظلمة، ورغبة منا في أن يكون لنا دور في خلق واقع ومستقبل وطننا، وتضامناً مع الدعوات التي أطلقتها مجاميع شبابية للتحركات السلمية المطالبة بالإصلاح، وعلى خلفية ما قامت به قوات الشغب من قمع المتظاهرين الذي عبروا بكل الوسائل عن سلمية تحركاتهم، ونتج عنها استشهاد الشاب علي عبدالهادي المشيمع مساء يوم الأحد 14 فبراير، وشهيد آخر من المحرق الشماء الشاب فاضل المتروك أثناء مشاركته في تشييع الشهيد الاول، فإننا مجموعة من الشباب المنتمين لكلا الطائفتين، معتنقي الأفكار القومية واليسارية والديمقراطية، المؤمنين بالمواطنة الكاملة والمتساوية والديمقراطية نهجاً لإدارة البلاد، لذلك اجتمعنا مساء اليوم الثلاثاء الموافق 15 فبراير 2011 للتباحث في كيفية المساهمة في الحراك الشعبي المطالب بالإصلاح، واتفقنا على الآتي:-

    1- الدعوة للمشاركة في الاحتجاجات السلمية التي بدأت في 14 فبراير، والعمل على تكتيل جهود المجاميع في ظل جبهة وطنية واحدة.

    2- دعم مطلب انتخاب جمعية تأسيسية لصياغة دستور جديد معبر عن تطلعات وآمال المواطنين بديلاً عن دستور 2002 الفاقد للشرعية القانونية والسياسية، وحل مجلسي الشورى والنواب.

    3- حرية التداول السلمي للسلطة التنفيذية.

    4- المطالبة بإطلاق حرية الرأي والتعبير، والسماح بتشكيل الأحزاب السياسية وحرية تشكيل النقابات العمالية في القطاعين العام والخاص، وتأسيس منظمات المجتمع المدني، وذلك وفق ما تنص عليه المعايير الدولية.

    5- نؤكد دعمنا لمطلب إنشاء هيئة خاصة مفوضة تفويضاً كاملاً من أبناء الشعب ولها صلاحيات كاملة، هدفها الوصول إلى توافق ومصالحة وطنية, عن طريق البت والمحاسبة في التعديات السياسية والاقتصادية والاجتماعية والأمنية, بما فيها:

    · – الثروات العامة المنهوبة.
    · – التجنيس السياسي.
    · – الاعتقالات التعسفية والتعذيب والقوانين الجائرة والمعيقة للحرية وممارسات الأجهزة الأمنية القمعية.
    · – الفساد الإداري والاقتصادي.

    6- ضمان الحريات الشخصية وحرية الاعتقاد.

    إننا وإذ نصدر هذا البيان الأول، نود التأكيد على التالي:-

    1- الدعوة لمحاسبة المتسببين في استشهاد الشابين علي عبدالهادي مشيمع وفاضل المتروك.

    2- استمرار التحركات السلمية كما كانت في يومها الأول كي لا يتم تشويه المطالب العادلة لشعب البحرين.

    3- على النظام احترام حق التجمع السلمي الذي نصت عليه المواثيق الدولية وعدم استخدام القوة لفض التحركات الاحتجاجية.

    4- التأكيد على بنذ الطائفية وتكريس الوحدة الوطنية في شعارات التحركات السلمية وممارساتها ومطالبها.

    وهذا وإننا على يقين تام بمشروعية وسلمية مطالب جماهير شعبنا المناضل وإصرارهم على تحقيق النصر والتزامهم بطول النفس، فالثورة قامت لتحقق المستحيل لا الممكن.

    شباب من أجل الحرية والديمقراطية

    15 فبراير 2011

  5. A reading to the latest developments: (Lulu Roundabout Evacuation)

    The government legally won a mini debate over whether the protesters can carry on or not, and as I already expressed my opinion in above thread (the orange text); people should not ask for it, not their rights, but for action to be taken against them!

    This is the official statement of the Ministry of Interior regarding the evacuation:
    http://policemc.gov.bh/en/news_details.aspx?type=1&articleId=6131

    You see everyone, when you block other people’s lives, the government can block your action, despite the number of participants, or the nature of the activity; you can go play football in a neighborhood’s side road, and expect the police to show up.

    That was just the cover, the reason. Reality is that officials are not willing to lose a long term investment of millions of Bahraini Dinars spent in building a world reputation based primary on the Formula 1 Grand Prix hosting. This is another official statement, this time released by Bahhrain International Circuit’s (BIC) CEO:
    http://www.bahraingp.com/en/News/Circuit/5692

    Yes, this is why immediate response was necessary or else, our economy would have entered another lop of doubt and debt! If we lose the opportunity this time, we would not be allowed to host anytime soon.

    Strategically, the move was done in somewhat a convenient time; where the people would be least alert, and the roundabout would be least crowded. And using the mean of military power showed that the government is not willing to go back and forth any longer; time is running towards Friday, and any activity goes wrong might end up in a sad way.

    Next chapter:
    People of Bahrain, you either stick together, reduce the extreme sensitivity of both parties (pro and against government) and choose a reliable leader to speak out for our true rights, and not to try to change the system all at once, or else, I am expecting a huge loss of people, and a winning government that grants a further action to be taken against the losing side of this equation.

    May peace be upon you all.

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