Al-Wefaq: People of Bahrain Demand to Participate in Managing Country's Affairs

2021-07-05 - 1:48 ص

Bahrain Mirror: The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society stressed that the political right is the main demand of the people of Bahrain, noting that the people have taken to the streets in the past years and are still protesting despite the prohibition and restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly for the sake of political demands concerning the need for a direct popular role in the management of the country's affairs.

Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society discusses recent local and foreign topics and issues the following stances:

1. Al-Wefaq stresses that the political right forms the backbone of the rest of demanded rights and the current repercussions are the result of regime's extremism, repression, force and violence against the great popular movement. It stresses that this political right is the original demand as Bahrainis took to the streets during the past years and are still staging protests, despite restrictions on freedoms of expression and assembly for the sake of political demands necessitating their direct role in managing the affairs of the country, rejection of marginalization and absolute monopoly over all national affairs and the monopoly of the three authorities and all kinds of control against the will of the marginalized and deprived citizens.

2. Al-Wefaq said that the extent of isolation and separation between the people and government is serious and that the regime does not have any ties with the people except through security institutions that only resort to force, violence, threats and authoritarian choices. The regime refuses dialogue or reconciliation with the people. Rather, it revenges from advocates of dialogue and demonizes them, considering them as enemies. The regime also incites all its tools against them to forcibly silence them from demanding comprehensive political dialogue, which ought to establish a just democratic system and a constitutional monarchy, which vast majority of Bahrainis voted for through the National Action Charter. The Bahrainis still adhere to the need to achieve a true constitutional monarchy on the base that people are the source of all powers.

3. Al-Wefaq demands the release and the need to provide all humanitarian and health conditions for former MP Osama Al-Tamimi. There is a need to form a committee to investigate the accusations raised by MP Al-Tamimi. Besides, the authorities should deal professionally with these allegations due to their seriousness and must provide the required health care as guaranteed by the constitution for all citizens, without considering their political view. Immorality is not permissible in quarrels with anyone who has an opposite opinion when it comes to their rights to health services, work, education, etc.

4. Al-Wefaq expresses its solidarity with the activist and former colonel Mohammed Al-Zayani, who was arrested because of his criticism of the regime's policies linked to the judiciary's lack of independence. It demands his release and the release of thousands of political detainees, who are languishing in the Bahraini regime's prisons in very difficult conditions. The regime keeps them in prison to use them as a tool of pressure to stop the demands for which they were arrested, i.e. building a just and democratic state, a state of citizenship and equal rights, in particular the political right and the rest of the rights recognized by all international conventions. These rights are prohibited by the Bahraini authorities backed by foreign support in the face of democratization and respect for human rights.

5. Al-Wefaq believes that the official media's return to the 2011 discourse of atonement and insults, and its attempts, directly and indirectly, to drive people out of their patriotism is a very big mistake. This has had bloody and brutal repercussions. The official television, press and electronic media, characterized by racism, sectarianism and brutality in attacking others because of their religious and political position or opinion, has indeed played a very dangerous role in the past years, when it applauded murdering and dragging citizens into the streets by the security and military services, and applauded demolition and blasphemy.

The return of the speech of 2011 reflects the regime's mentality, through its official and unofficial media platforms, which have no values but rather do what the authority wants and desires, and have proven its abject failure and will fail again and again.

6. Al-Wefaq affirms its rejection of what is being circulated in the media about the transfer of 50,000 of Afghans, who worked for the American military, to Bahrain ahead of its withdrawal in September. This would contribute to the confusion of the internal crisis as a result of weak infrastructure and its inability to contain this number. Bahrain already suffers from an inflation in the number of arrivals, as well as the abnormal increase in the population, which includes new naturalized people in a way that does not commensurate with its absorptive capacity, infrastructure and opportunities. Al-Wefaq stresses that it welcomes all immigrants and everyone who contributes to advancing Bahrain's economy and development yet rejects what constitutes a burden on this country, which is politically, economically, security and socially troubled, and also rejects what may blurs its identity.

7. Al-Wefaq commends the high national awareness in committing to COVID19 vaccination and health protocols. It calls upon citizens and residents to persist so that cases decline. It calls on them to effectively adhere to the directives and cooperate at all levels facing the epidemic.

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