Like in Tunisia, like in Egypt, protesters in Bahrain are using social networks to publish their personal stories of the chaotic situation on the ground. Fatima Alarab is a recruitment coordinator who has recently returned to Bahrain after 15 years out of the country. Her family only came back once a ban on political opposition had been lifted. She has been describing her experience of the unrest in Manama via her Twitter account @FatiAmeer.
On Thursday evening, euronews spoke to her by telephone. She told us that nothing is clear:
“The situation here is quiet. We don’t know where we are headed. There are lots of rumours but we don’t know what’s true and what’s not true. We’re in a confusing situation. I’ve been contacting people in hospitals; there was even a rumour that the army was going to the hospital but that didn’t turn out to be true.”
She explained what she and other protesters want:
“We want the regime down. We are not afraid because this government is not legal. This revolution has been started by the people of Bahrain. It was started by the young and then the other political societies joined in.”
Bahrain’s foreign minister has said police action was necessary to pull the country back from the “brink of a sectarian abyss” but Fatima rejects the idea that the unrest is founded on differences between Bahrain’s Shi’ite majority and its Sunni ruling elite:
“No Way. Yesterday we were chanting all day and all night ‘No Shia. No Sunni. We are all Bahrainis.’ We had lots of Sunni there participating in the protests. We are all one country.
“We want the whole government down. We don’t want those criminals any more.”