Misconceptions about Bahrain

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Parliamentary elections

The parliamentary elections which are to be held in November 2014 are a vital opportunity for re-energizing the democratic process; particularly after the 2012 Constitutional Amendments for empowering elected MPs. The opposition’s threat to boycott these elections risks prolonging the political crisis and deepening divisions within society. This is a bad decision for those who want Bahrain to move forward.

Constitutional Monarchy

Most Bahrainis support reform, not revolution. Although there is still much to be achieved, King Hamad has put Bahrain on the path towards a reformed Constitutional Monarchy. Bahrainis today enjoy a wider range of rights and privileges compared to just 10 years ago.

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It is one thing for Sheikh Ali Salman to decide that Al-Wefaq Islamic Society will boycott the Parliamentary elections. It’s his political society, so it’s his choice.

 

However, Sh. Ali Salman and Al-Wefaq are now going a step further and urging their followers to boycott the elections.

There is a double threat to this, because the cleric, exploits his status as both a political and religious leader, so that when he and figures like Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim instruct the Bahraini Shia community not to vote, this is taken by many to be a religious command that cannot be ignored.

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Condemnation - or justification of violence?

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Bahraini opposition parties put out a joint statement,which at first glance appeared to condemn the murder of a policeman in Al-Eker. However, for those who took the time to read the statement, it seemed to in fact be saying something completely different.

First the opposition societies cast doubt on whether or not a policeman had been killed; giving the impression that this death had only “reportedly” been confirmed through “information circulated in the social media”. In actual fact local official sources and global media sources had been reporting on the details of this incident and the identity of the policeman for around 48 hours, before the opposition got round to acknowledging their own “social media sources”.

Instead of any kind of outright acknowledgement that repeated and deliberate attacks against policemen in the line of duty is terrorism; the opposition make several implicit implications that violence is the fault of the police themselves; “including the excessive use of force and collective punishment perpetrated by the police… and repressing of freedoms”.

These repeated allegations that violence is the fault of the police, creates the strong impression that what the opposition wants to say here is that the police deserved this attack.

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We unreservedly condemn the killing of a policeman in a terrorist bombing in the town of Al-Eker. The incident was a deliberate attack intending to kill police personnel carrying out their legitimate work of protecting the people of Bahrain.

This brings the number of police killed just during 2014 to five; with fourteen security forces deaths since 2011.

The recent bombing should come as a wake-up call to all sides, that unless there is a return to the Parliamentary process and serious engagement in Dialogue, then extremist militants will continue to exploit the deadlock to further destabilize the situation.

It is vital that the religious leaders with influence over militant elements of the opposition use their influence to specifically condemn acts of terrorism against security forces and Bahraini citizens and take the lead in advocating a more conciliatory path; particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, when the Muslim values of forgiveness and reconciliation are emphasized.

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