Bahrain Police Be Carful … Angry Girl Behind Your Bars

When ur in chains, living with no dignity or rights, bowing to criminal dictators, the first step is to forget ur fear & realize that its ur right.. to be angry

Police officer shout on Zainab after Handcuffing her upon her refusal to the arrest ( Photo by Reuters )

Said Zainab AlKhawaja in her Twitter account profile. She obviously felt in chains living under violent, dictator regime, although she was free and not behind actual bars. This feeling was enough to justify his anger and human rights activism. This feeling, This anger led finally to create a brave, talented Bahraini young lady that considered since the Lulu revolution a first class human rights fighter.

She’s a daughter of a family involved totally into human right activism, her father is Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, the founder of Bahrain Center For Human Rights, who has been arrested as well as Zainab’s husband, uncle, and brother in law in the current crackdown.

Since February 2011, the super stars and the well respected public are now the human rights activists, not the politicians anymore, in result to their outstanding effort in delivering the message, the case and the fight of Bahraini people to the rest of the world.

Zainab was part of team who went to many world capitals and participated in several human rights events and seminar related to the situation in Bahrain, However she took the lead of two significant actions, demanding the release of her family members. She established a hunger strike in April 2011, during that she wrote through her blog a letter to the President of United States :

When you were sworn in as president of the United States, I had high hopes. I thought: here is a person who would have never become a president if it were not for the African-American fight for civil liberties; he will understand our fight for freedom.

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I ask of you to look into your beautiful daughters’ eyes tonight and think to yourself what you are personally willing to sacrifice in order to make sure they can sleep safe at night, that they can grow up with hope rather than fear and heartache, that they can have their father and grandfathers embrace to run to when they are hurt or in need of support. Last night my one-year-old daughter went knocking on our bedroom door calling for her father, the first word she ever learnt. It tore my heart to pieces. How do you explain to a one-year-old that her father is imprisoned? I need to look into my daughter’s eyes tomorrow, next week, in the years to come, and tell her I did all that I could to protect her family and future.
For my daughter’s sake, for her future, for my father’s life, for the life of my husband, to unite my family again, I will begin my hunger strike.

And  again, in June 2011, she protested with three young ladies inside United Nation Development Programme office for the same reason. She participates in the marches and filed events, and live tweet, blog from there. She considered a prefect citizen journalist who covered most of Lulu events using wide offline and online professional and social networks.

Zainab (left) Live tweeting from UNDP last July

Yesterday, Zainab protested on one Budaiya Street roundabouts, as one of those was a part of the event Occupy BudaiyaSt. She was in the middle of the roundabout, she wasn’t blocking the road or doing anything that could be voilent. Police wanted to arrest her, she refused the arrest with siting on the ground, Later two youtube clips showed police shooting tear gas directly to her, and arresting her aggressively.

International Media such as Washington Post, New York Times, Aljazeera English, and BBC wrote about Zainab’s case today, while as expected regional media and activista mostly ignored her. Therefore Zainab needs the most support of human rights defenders, and from bloggers and tweeps. This is a call to start a camping supporting Zainab as a blogger and an activist, this is call to put hand in hand to help the brave fighter who went to serve her case totally till the end.

#FreeRazan

Its very obvious that each and every single regime in the Arabic countries is corrupted, and it citizens, specially the youth, are living life with less standerds that other people in developed world are living. There is an old quote says “quite, Arabs are a asleep”, well they finally woke up, Arab spiring came to revolute against those regimes and to obtain the freedom which is the simplest right for individuals. The spiring started from the West in Tunisia and reached many countries including Bahrain, the little Island located in the rich spot of oil in the region Arabic/Persian Gulf, and Syria which is ruled by a regime is more closer to Russia, China, Iran than Arabs, USA, and europe as most of the middle eastern regimes.

Razan, Alaa, and Ali

Such a wake, such a wave,  indeed, needs human resources, strong fighters welling to sacrifice for the favor of their nations. those whom we call “activists”. Recently a cyber activist has been arrested on the Syrian borders while she was travelling to Jordan. Her case is already well known and people been very supportive online, and that is the minimum that could be done.

The Syrian Razan met a The Bahraini Ali Abdul Imam and the egyptian Alaa Abdul Fatah, in one if not more than one blogging event, they were working for more freedom, more rights, and for a better region. I assume that no one looked to other religion, sect or questioned if there are any hidden agenda beyond working in such field. Maybe, thats way the three of them were sent to jail.

This post is not to about  the facts of Razan‘s, Alaa‘s, and Ali‘s activism and their arrests, there are already enough articles online, its however to support Razan in the frist place, and to encourage people to take those three activists as good examples. Unfortunately the revolutions now are divided on sectarian basis, no body cares about Bahrain but Iran, Iraq and South Lebanon because they are Shiites, and everybody else cares about Syria revolution because its fully supported by KSA and Qatar! I’m not sure if people stil remember Ali Abdul Imam, and know he’s hiding and don’t see his family! or know about the teachers, lawyers, medical doctors, journalists, students etc that have been arrested and tortured in Bahrain since February till now.

I wish that we have Razan back soon, as well as Ali and Alaa because of they are the true heros whom respect individual’s right regardless of their believes. and god bless the Syrians who are working hard and giving their blood in order to achieve better conditions for their country.

2011 !

December

I can’t believe that its already December. The world, specially MENA region and Japan will not forget this year, at all! Japan’s earthquake and Arab’s Spring gave this year its fame, not to mention the full withdraw of American forces from Iraq as well as many important events I might already forgot . In fact I can’t wait more to see this year summarizes and best pictures that usually prepared by news cooperations and agencies, I’m pretty sure that its will contain many interesting and must see stuff.

On personal prospective, it was the year that I made very hard decision that changed my life entirely, and I don’t know yet if it was the right one, the only thing I know that I’m facing many challenges that I must overcome and I hopefully will.

I think its time to review what I did this year and write my new year resolution. I may or may not post detailed post regarding this later. However, I would say that this year I went through many real life experiences, participated in workshops, read few books and met new people and made new friends and lost some too.

Last put not least this post is my starting point, where I’m going to see what I did good for me and others, and what I did bad. I will determine what to do – If – I lived for one more year.

Happy December everybody.