Ayat al-Ghormezi’s poem Khalifa

This video is called BBC: Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam ‘tortured’ in jail with Shia opposition.

13 June 2011.

From the PEN International site:

Ayat al-Ghormezi‘s poem: Khalifa

meaning the prime minister of Bahrain, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

Hear me:
You, the elder,
the “good man”, who “safeguards justice”
(so you have always declared),

if I were to make excuses for you,
I, for you,
for the things you have done,
I would only look the fool,
for you would continue in your ways,
and murder us as “traitors”.

Hear me:
Hear us all, for we all demand likewise –
both sects, all Bahrainis:

You must go.
Take His Majesty with you,
and leave your deeds behind.

You, oppressor,
from where do you derive your power,
the power to keep your people down? –
all your people,
even women
even children
even men.
Yet you call for “dialogue”,
even in the midst of your brutality?

No! … No! …
One word: No!
One demand:
Give us back our Bahrain.
Return this country to its people;
to us, its people.

Our Bahrain is ours.

Translated from the Arabic by Ghias Aljundi with Mitchell Albert

See also here.

Bahrain: Mohammed Al-Tajir is brought before a military court following 5 weeks of incommunicado detention: here.

A Twitter comment on this video from Bahrain:

Riot police prevented a protest in Ma’meer. Freedom of Assembly?

Education in Bahrain has become, not a universal right, but a reward for people who swear allegiance to the tribe: here.

Medical staff and their children are suffering in Bahrain , false confessions, torture and forced to eat excrement: here.

Robert Fisk on madness of the trials against doctors in Bahrain: here. Take action here.

6 thoughts on “Ayat al-Ghormezi’s poem Khalifa

  1. Administrator on June 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm said:

    Bahrain grand prix cancellation not driven by ethics

    Monday 13 June 2011

    I am always amazed at the space given to motor racing in the Star, but that is a matter of taste.

    But it isn’t when the writer whitewashes the industry in the coverage of the cancellation of the Bahrain GP (Morning Star 8 June).

    We are asked to believe that the attitude of the big business motor racing teams is governed by their concern for democratic rights and is a protest against repression.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    The ethos of this industry is to accelerate global warming while extracting as much advertising as possible from the biggest monopolists in the world.

    These businesses care not a jot for those who are being repressed, because the repression is there to maximise the profits of the oil industry, which is one of motor racing’s biggest advertisers.

    Joe Clark



  2. Administrator on June 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm said:

    Tue 14 Jun 2011

    Exclusive: Bahraini students studying in Britain forced to sign pledge

    by Siân Ruddick

    Bahraini students studying at British universities have been forced to sign a pledge of allegiance to the King of Bahrain, and promise that they will not take part in any protests against the regime.

    It follows months of harassment of the students. Some have had their funding withdrawn after attending pro-democracy protests in Britain.

    The students are officially members of the University of Bahrain, but study in Britain.

    The Bahraini state has crushed dissent. Thousands have been killed, arrested, imprisoned and sacked.

    The document states, “My full allegiance is with the leadership of the Kingdom… represented in His Majesty The King Hamad Bin Essa Al Khalifa, the King of the country may God guard and bless him and the wise government.”

    It goes on to say, “I pledge not to organise or participate in any event or activity that is not permitted or does not solely relate to the students or to their academic interests, inside or outside of the university campus, events and activities that would harm the reputation of The Kingdom of Bahrain domestically or internationally.”

    A Bahraini living in Britain told Socialist Worker, “Students’ parents have been forced to sign the document too. The students feel like they have to sign—they are scared.

    “The mainstream media isn’t writing about Bahrain. People need to know that the government is silencing protesters. When people protest, the police shut it down.”

    The British government is complicit in this. They help to train the Saudi special forces called in by the king of Bahrain to clamp down on the protests. And in May this year David Cameron invited Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, a prince in Bahrain’s ruling royal family, to Downing Street.

    Bahrain and the Arab Spring conference, Saturday 18 June 10.30am to 4.30pm, Manchester. Go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1782648951/efbnen



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