“Who can honestly believe that the government is sincerely open to dialogue when not a single prisoner has been freed?”
On February 14, 2011, the revolution claimed its first victim in Daih. Two years later to the day, this sad milestone is marked anew by yet another death.The opposition took to the streets all over the country to mark this anniversary. We tried to go to Pearl Square, a symbol of the uprising which is located at the center of Manama, the capital of Bahrain. Unfortunately, security forces were out in such force that it was impossible to get there.There were dozens of protests throughout the country. They were violently repressed. The police doesn’t even fire any warning shots. Furthermore, they use arms that are illegal according to international conventions, like lead shots fired at short range at the protesters.In addition to the protests, the call by the February 14 coalition [an opposition group] to go on strike was widely followed. Not only did stores close, but we also boycotted government offices. Activists also tried to block roads by burning tires.“On strike”, a photo uploaded to a Facebook page for Daih.Who can honestly believe that the government is sincerely open to dialogue when not a single prisoner has been freed? When doctors are still arrested for daring to treat protesters? When the number of deaths continues to rise? Opposition MPs have even resigned from parliament [11 out of 18 resigned in April 2011]. The government continues to turn a deaf ear. It only understands the language of violence. [Editors Note: the Bahraini Minister of Communications, Samira Rajeb, claimed Thursday on FRANCE 24 that she had tried to start a dialogue with the opposition and that the police repression was simply in response to the protesters’ violence].