Should we be surprised by the Bahraini government’s response to the demonstrations taking place within the country? It makes perfect sense to respond with violence on peaceful demonstrators whose only demands include respecting human rights and having true democracy. It also makes even more sense to use that violence against children and the elderly.
The past two days, people were protesting in Pearl Square, tens of thousands of people, children, men and women, calling for reform and democracy and respect for human rights. Unfortunately, today, morning, at 3:00, 3:30 in the morning, the riot police and special forces attacked the protesters. And many of the protesters, as you know, are children and old men and women and young people. So, among those people, we have many, many injuries. At least two dead confirmed so far, but we expect to see more. – Nabeel Rajab
The government’s response is not a surprise at all, considering that it’s desperate knowing very well what happened in Tunisia and Egypt. When people challenge concentrated forms of power, violence is the usual response–even if the victims are young and old.
The Bahraini government’s response is not just cowardly, it’s also disturbing. These actions are often reserved for hostile forces, not for your own citizens who are protesting peacefully. It shows the fundamental lack of progress in the country–progress the very same victims are demanding and urgently need.