A Message to the U.S & World. Please RT.#Bahrain
I hope my email finds you well. This is an urgent SOS call and I truly wish you will find it in your heart to read the below. Please please please help us showing the world the truth. I am begging you, please read what I have to say…
I am writing this letter to express my sadness regarding having Miss Maryam Alkhawaja representing us as Bahrainis to talk about the current unrest in Bahrain. I would like to clarify that the media has mistakenly captured and reported the false situation in our beloved country Bahrain. We have been living in harmony for many years, Christians, Muslims and Jews, Hindus and Budhists etc. It is sad to state the fact about only shias living in poverty whereas sunnis do to. This is not due to the government’s stance but due to the will of an individual to "better" him or herself. This is a very common factor worldwide. Having visited Beverly hills you can see poverty in the most upscale areas which is present in any social climate. Not to mention thousands if not millions homeless across the U.S and Europe.
The protesters in Bahrain were carried away in their last protest which was on 14th Feb 2011. However, Bahrain's Crown Prince has invited the protesters' leaders for negotiations in order to demonstrate democracy and sort out the situation peacefully, keeping in mind that Bahrain is the only country in the Middle East and North Africa who supported the right to protest under certain circumstances in order to maintain safety for both, the protesters and the other civilians. The protesters have clearly stated PRECONDITIONS PRIOR to DIALOGUE.
Their conditions for dialogue were as follows:
1. Dismissal of the government and the formation of a government elected by the people
2. Cancellation of the 2002 Constitution and all laws passed by decree
3. The formation of a national body of ten elected members by the people to formulate a new constitution that abolishes all the king’s powers and that he be a symbol of the country and that legislative and regulatory powers are fully in the hands of an elected council (parliament).
4. Amend the electoral law so that the people elect all members of Parliament in which the cabinet ministers will be selected from 25% of the members of parliament
5. Cancellation of all boards and councils immediately and ensure that all executive agencies are subject to the elected government
6. Comprehensive reforms of the judiciary and the restructuring of the Supreme Judicial Council which shall be constituted of judges and lawyers elected by the people
7. Abolition of the powers of all naturalized citizens to prevent them from participation in the electoral process or to stand for election until a law regulating naturalization and the Bahraini nationality is promulgated
8. Prevent the army from participating in the electoral process
9. Ensure that all corrupt persons stand public trials, as should those practicing sectarianism and re-open the Bandergate file and prevent any judicial and public prosecution powers of issuing any gag orders relating to any case concerned with public opinion
10. The return of all looted lands and coasts and the nationalization of real estate projects such as Amwaj Islands and Alzalamah and Riffa Views to be within the purview of the Ministry of Housing to equitably distribute the wealth to the citizens
11. Instating Bahraini citizens in jobs which are currently occupied by foreigners, especially those in the ministries of interior and defense without any sectarian discrimination
12. Dismissal of all heads of agencies, boards and institutions at the same time as dissolving the cabinet
13. Bring to account all those who practiced corrupt practices before 2002
14. Fairly compensate the families of martyrs and all those affected during the past twenty years
Not to mention release of all prisoners!
Now, my question is and this should be raised, "how does one have dialogue with preconditions? doesn’t one dialogue and then set conditions, what is there to talk about if those conditions were met?"
Day after day we found that the protesters have been directed from what they call "peaceful protests" to attacking the civilians, blocking the roads, and killing innocent people. Many of us bystanders (silent majority) were in fear of our very lives and stayed in hiding until it was finally safe to come out. Our children have been affected and it has taken alot of time for them to sleep without waking up in the middle of the night with fear. One situation of attacking a mosque and other situation were they have pushed the mosque's supervisor to shut down the place without any justification or he will be killed. You have probably not read the about the Sunni Moathen (a person who calls people to prayer), Mr Muhammad, whose tongue was cut off and who was the soul provider to his family. You are also probably not aware of a British Bahraini Girl trying to drive home from Manama Centre who was caught up and questioned by Nabeel Rajab and told that if she was an Asian they would kill her. This witness is ready to speak up but has found it pointless with the bias coverage.
Bahrain TV followers have found that people were calling and asking that the government should take an action immediately, women were crying live on TV. Families have moved from their place of living to either hotels or temporarily apartments because they were so scared. However, the government was so patient not to take any legal actions until it figured out that civilians' safety is top priority. Bahrain's Ministry of Interior has dealt with the protesters several time where the military forces were unarmed which was proven through TV and photos.
Here is just a sample list of the crimes these protesters have committed so far:
1- Organizing unauthorized demonstrations and riots since 14 February, which were deliberately organized on the 10 year anniversary of issuing the National Action Charter. 98% of the population agreed to it. This day used to be a joyous happy occasion in which we Bahrainis celebrate the birth of democracy in our country,
2- They started attacking security forces by swords, which lead to the death of two protestors. News was spread regarding their obvious attacks on the security forces since the first day of the confrontation in case any of the protestors should be killed they would get the people's sympathy.
3- The occupation of the GCC roundabout (pearl roundabout), disrupting the traffic movement in the most crowded streets in the kingdom, and assigning some of the occupiers as traffic police and check points near the roundabout.
4- Organizing disgraceful activities in the roundabout like smoking "shisha". Alcohol and beer bottles were found, and news was spread that "enjoyment marriage" practice were going on there, which is basically men and women having intercourse with others who are not their wives or husbands.
5- Giving inflammatory speeches from inside the round about which picture Sunnis as infidels, and asking to revive the Karbala battle as they represent (Al Hussain) and the others represent (Yazid).
6- Occupying the largest medical complex in the middle east, which is the Salmanya hospital and committing many crimes which include:
· Limiting treatment to the Shiite people only and expelling Sunnis, especially those who were of other origins and have been given the Bahraini Nationality. Tenths of people were rejected during two weeks time. The number of the hospitals visitors dropped from 1200 to 300 people because of the fear and dread that was spread in the hospital.
· Deliberately harming Sunni patients by delaying or refusing their treatment. This lead to the death of a woman who just gave birth (Mona Al-Megahwi) because of the purposeful delay in her treatment, and (Fatima Al-Abbasi) because the ambulance refused to go to her on purpose.
· The strike of doctors, nurses, and most of the crew in the hospital. Protest tents were set in the hospital and many of the demonstrators in the roundabout joined them.
· Using government ambulance vehicles in disgraceful external activities such as smuggling weapons and criminals. What happened in the University of Bahrain is an example of that.
· Stealing 16 out of 25 ambulance vehicles from the hospital. Some of them are found, and the rest are still to be found.
· Stealing medical and health equipments from the hospital and using them in the roundabout activities. Especially oxygen equipments, which the hospital lacked later on and which are worth nearly BD100,000.
· The retention of many expats who were tied, handcuffed, hit, tortured, and were photographed to support their intentions to mislead public opinion so they can accuse the government with using force.
· The retention and torture of a security man inside the hospital.
· Hiding light and medium weapons inside the hospital.
· Creating a complete studio for Al-Aalam TV channel, and assigning a group of doctors and nurses as reporters for this channel who give false statements to deceive the people's opinions.
· Contempt of the hospital rooms of the emergency section by letting TV channels in the injuries room.
· The obvious acting to claim injuries. They even spread Magnesium hydroxide on the bodies of some protestors to show that they are ill. They also used tenths if not hundreds of blood sacks to claim injury for photography and video taping purposes.
· Using the Salmanya hospital as an inflammatory platform by giving inflammatory speeches by the opposition leaders.
· Closing and sealing the hospital's doors to prevent the security forces from entering.
7- organizing unauthorized riots in the University of Bahrain, which lead to:
· Hitting tens of Sunni students using white weapons, many of whom are still in hospital in very bad conditions.
· Hitting Sunni girls. Twenty men gathered on one girl and hit her. She is now in the ICU the Defense Force hospital. This has been witnessed by my cousin, who is still very traumatized about the incident.
· Harassing Sunni girls, ripping their clothes, and feeling their bodies.
· The participation of some university professors (men and women), who approve the demonstrations, in these crimes by inducing and encouraging violence and the cease of study.
· Throwing a handicapped from the second floor.
· Breaking and shattering University of Bahrain's facilities and offices.
· The betrayal of the security guard in the university, who joined the protestors and informed them where the Sunni students were.
· Transporting many of the bullies from the roundabout with large buses, which can carry 50 persons, armed with swords, knives, sticks, and blackjacks.
8- Desecration of 4 Sunni mosques in Manama, closing their doors, and preventing the Sunni call for prayer. Also, attacking a Bengali Muezzin (the person who calls for prayer) by beating him, torturing him, cutting his tongue, and breaking his skull. This person died, and his roommate said that the Shiite told him "Bahrain is a Shiite country and the Sunni call for prayer cannot be raised here".
9- Attacking a taxi driver (Rashid Al-Moamary, 70 years old) by purposefully running into his car and breaking it, and then hitting him and torturing him until he died.
10- Attacking about 15 Asian expats, which lead to the death of one and the rest are still in the hospital.
11- Kidnapping 5 Asian laborers, torturing them, and video taping them.
12- Running over 3 policemen more than once in a barbaric way, which everyone has seen. They all died.
13- Sending inflammatory and threatening letters against the foreigners inside Bahrain.
14- Tempting young children from elementary and intermediate schools to organize demonstrations and call for overthrowing the government. They were taken out by trucks, which were not suitable even for animals, and threw them in the streets, endangering their lives.
15- Sunni students were attacked by the Shiite students (boys and girls) and their teachers (men and women). They even attacked a girl by ripping her clothes. Many eyewitnesses spoke of seeing them carrying knives
16- Attacking and threatening men and women volunteers in the education sector, and purposefully distorting their reputation and image.
17- Organizing a civil strike to harm the countries economy and tourism. Especially in the vital sectors such as oil and economy.
18- Many employees in companies and ministries, who are with the opposition, stole and used the companies' cars for the demonstrations.
19- Many of the Shiite employees escaped from their work in collusion with their bosses, and their works were assigned to the Sunni staff.
20- Anyone who wants to go back to work is threatened to be killed, beaten, or burning his house.
21- Entering some companies and ministries and threatening their staff.
22- Harassing and cursing a woman near the Financial Harbor. She was surrounded, and they did not allow her to move while she was in her car.
23- Blocking King Faisal's road, where the most important companies and ministries in the economic sector are, and throwing sand and stones is threatening to the Pedestrians.
24- Tampering with lampposts in King Faisal's road to harm anyone who tampers with them.
25- Digging trenches near pearl roundabout and hide weapons there, and making ambushes for them.
26- Deliberately provoking and threatening the residential areas with Sunni majority.
27- Cursing security and police forces, and pretending to give them flowers.
28- Killing and torturing every person who doesn’t implement their demands. They killed two Shiites ( Radhi Al-Radhi, and Abdul Rasool Al-Hujairy) because they exposed the work of the opposition and refused to go on a civil strike.
29- Ordering to kill or run over whoever comes in their way.
30- Using car horns to create a provocative tone, which implies the overthrowing the king.
31- Five women from the opposition entered a mosque and terrorized a young girl. They followed her and forced her to call for overthrowing the government.
32- Smuggling and using many white weapons, automatic weapons, and Molotov.
33- Opposition people pretended to be reporters for Al-Aalam and Al-Manar TV channels.
34- Painting the houses of military and Sunni people to threaten, kill, or harm the residents.
35- Making an agreement with the Iranian Ambassador to smuggle weapons and intelligence.
36- Seeking to make a coup on the government; this is the greatest treason.
Now Sir.. Lets just imagine if this happened I the United States. How would the U.S react? Would the country sit and wait for over a month, requesting the protesters to come for dialogue and getting refused over and over again? Seriously, how would the U.S handle the situation if Wallstreet was shut down for weeks, major streets were blocked, people attacking non-natives such as hespanics and demanding them to leave the country... ?
We, the majority of Bahrain, are against the protesters methods used. We want them to wake up and work for the best of our country. We see the big countries as our benchmark to apply democracy and demonstrate safety among civilians. I would like mention that the majority of Bahrain's students who are now protesting against the government were sponsored by the government to obtain the best education in any of the well-recognized universities and schools in the world, Isn’t that hypocritical sir?
Whats more amazing is that most of the protesters had decent jobs. They were teachers, lawers, doctors, nurses, architects... i will get back to this point later on. Back to Maryam Al Khawaja..
Here are some of the points the so called Human Rights BCHR Maryam Al Kahawaja and Co failed to report.
This is what Maryam Al Khawaja is trying to hide from the rest of the world.
On 14th Feb 2011 which is Anniversary of the National Action Charter of Bahrain, a group in Bahrain who called themselves ((revolution of February 14)) came out and demanded better livelihood for themselves from the government and stressed that they were poor and suppressed. At first it was a reasonable and legitimate demands and the revolution was successful, most Bahrainis thought that these protesters had every right to demand better living conditions, as we all would like a rise in salaries and free housing and things like that… Until that turned to terrorism and disregard for the rest of the civilians of course. They said that they complain of poverty and demanding a better livelihood, well, have a look at a few pictures we managed to obtain while they were on the roundabout:
Also, with regards to the myth the protesters are portraying, that the shias are the majority and hence, demand more rights! Have a look at this: http://theminaretpost.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/a2/
This was clearly illustrated in the famous Al Fateh march, in which people stood firmly united (sunnis, shias, Christians and Jews, hand in hand) against the protesters methods and yet at the same time, they also demanded reforms from the government. Their numbers were over 300,000 in the first gathering and is regarded as the largest ever in the history of the GCC. The second gathering was estimated to be between 400,000 and 500,000. Clearly showing what the majority of the Bahraini people want.
I really hope my message has reached out to you over the Atlantic.
I am just a boy who is very worried and concerned at the situation unfolding here in Bahrain. This is no revolution. A revolution unites.. Not divides.