By John Ballard
Bahrain is the smallest country in the Arab world and as much in need of reform as any other. I think of it as an Arab echo of Kashmir whereHindu authorities control a Muslim population, a place where subjects are governed by what can only be described as a ruling elite very much like whites ran South Africa during the apartheid era, or how Israel controls what remains of the Palestinian population in the occupied territories (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza). Years, decades pass and the unnatural is considered the norm...
Using Chirpstory I curated this ominous, disturbing sequence of messages sent by Maryam Alkiwaja (Tweeting from Cairo) whose sister Zainab (aka AngryArabiya) back home in Bahrain was kidnapped then released in response to a non-violent civil disobedience direct action.
These brave women, second-generation activists (their father and Zainab's husband are in prison already) are models of civility but with no hint of backing down in their courageous fight against the tyranny which prevails in Bahrain.
now zainab alkhawaja (angryarabiya) is protesting now next to police jeep in a,ali after they attack the protesters
Arrest of @angryarabiya now in Aali Urgent: Arrest of @angryarabiya now
A woman in civilian clothing was pulling angryarabiya from her arm to put her in a civilian car minutes ago
angryarabiya was performing a sit-in in front of police jeeps 2 protest the excessive use of force on protesters today
angryarabiya's father, husband and uncle r all political detainees at the moment
Gov of #bahrain's response to #BICI recommendations is by arresting unarmed peaceful female activist angryarabiya
#bahrain security forces today attacked Matam (Shiaa mourning home) while women were inside
yes this is her http://t.co/AVcJJAXH
before she was staging a sit in in front of the police jeeps after they attacked a protest in Aali
Women had to be taken out from the window after security forces attacked the Matam today http://t.co/0Sy1EMQp
A clearer picture of angryarabiya facing riot police before being arrested http://t.co/GcHym9Fg
MARYAMALKHAWAJA Just spoke 2 my family, MOI [Ministry of Interior] is saying they didnt arrest her. This is bad news as we dont know where she has been taken
#reprevioustweet, it was definitely MOI, this just means they wont cooperate in letting us know where she is
So now we are considering this a kidnapping of my sister @angryarabiya by the MOI, as they are denying arrest
NickKristof -- Our pal, #Bahrain govt, reportedly has arrested democracy activist AngryArabiya--proving her point about repression. AngryArabiya kidnapped not arrested, they are denying they arrested her
.@angryarabiya was taken by force by a woman in civilian clothing into a civilian car in front of riot police its an MOI kidnapping
@ASE yes I was with @SAIDYOUSIF on the phone as the woman was pulling her from her arm
==>Just spoke to my other sister, angryarabiya has been released
Thank you all for the support, ur the reason they couldnt detain @angryarabiya
@angryarabiya Glad you're ok sis, keep me updated. Now I can go to #tahreersquare #egypt
@ASE @SaqerAlKhalifa of course they would, in some protests they denied using teargas, while protesters gathered them in boxes :) ... we have eyewitnesses who saw her being taken from in front of the riot police, who else kidnaps ppl in #bahrain? ... not our word Ahmed, we have videos and pictures to back up our claims, along with testimonies ... we documented cases of torture for how long? now after #bici gov admits its happenin, good indication of how it works
just spoke to @angryarabiya, will tell u now what happened
there was only one woman with the police in civilian clothing, so when she attempted to arrest angryarabiya [She] sat on the floor 1 of the men hit her in the back but the others told him that there are orders not to hit her ... they surrounded her with jeeps so noone could see what was happening, hence why it appeared to eyewitnesses that she had been taken
the woman kept trying to drag her to the car but angryarabiya sat and wouldnt move, woman asking if she should handcuff her ... angryarabiya kept doing the victory sign and the woman kept holding her hand in an attempt to prevent her.
after a while, and in what appears to be due to the noise made about her case they got an order to release her and retreat ... she (angryarabiya) was roughed up and dragged in an attempt to put her in the car, only reason she wasnt taken was ... bcz the one woman on the scene was not strong enough to drag her sitting down, and the men were ordered not to touch her
@nalsowaidi if one day you are arrested Nouf or abducted or something I will stand up for you :) cc @angryarabiya
@alaskaRP yes I am in Cairo, DM me for details ... Can your sister identify the people, if she saw them again? Its impt that these people are held accountable.
@RuwaydaMustafah I'll ask, but it seems it'll take time before ppl are held accountable.. there r torturers and killers who havent been
@maryamalkhawaja so from what I am reading on your TL your sister angryarabiya was not arrested?
@Dima_Khatib they attempted to but were unable, so they kept here there for a while then released her
Off to Tahrir square.. solidarity with #egypt
All in a day's work. One sister confronting tyrants in Bahrain. The other takes on those in Egypt. I am in awe of their courage and determination.