“She called the police forces ‘mercenaries’”
I saw her get arrested last Friday. When the police ordered protesters to disperse, she stayed put and began to yell at them and chant slogans against the king. I also saw three other men get arrested with her. I fear that this time around, she may stay in prison for a long time, as an example for others.She is also charged with insulting the police because she called them “mercenaries”. This is what we call the riot police, as they are often foreigners. [In 2011, the Bahraini government asked Saudi troops to intervene on Bahraini soil]. To us, they have no legitimacy in monitoring the protests. Most have been in Bahrain for several years, and others were called in after the start of the uprising. For them, it’s a way to make a living, so they act with zeal.Zahra Al Shaikh’s arrest is a symbol of the significant role women have played in the Bahraini uprising. For these women, beyond being a way to demand equal rights for Shiites, the uprising is also a manner of standing up to men in a society that remains very traditional and does not consider women as being equal to men.