Government's War on Activists Vehicles: A Series of Electric Fires

2017-05-17 - 4:10 am

Bahrain Mirror - Exclusive: On December 17, 2012, Al-Wefaq Secretary General Sheikh Ali Salman addressed the authorities in a tweet, deeming them responsible for the assaults against properties of opposition members. Sheikh Salman, currently serving a 4-year prison verdict, attached to his tweet a picture of "Seasons" restaurant, after unknown people set it on fire. In his tweet he said, "The opposition calls and works for protecting private and public properties, while authorities sit and watch attacks take place on the properties of Bahraini dissidents."




The authorities said that unknown individuals burnt "Seasons" restaurant, and similar unknown groups attacked a chain of 24-hour stores owned by the Jawad Group (a Shiite business owner). Years later, authorities now blame the electricity. The authorities re-launched its war on private properties it previously adopted during the years that following the crackdown against the popular uprising stemming from the Pearl (Lualua) Roundabout in February 2011. It had stopped this method for years.

In a surprise incident, unknown individuals broke on May 4, 2017, the rear glass of the car owned by former Secretary General of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions, Sayed Salman Al-Mahfouz. Other parts of his car were damaged early dawn. In the morning of the following day, Sayed Mahfouz's son found his car burnt. The civil defense said that the cause of the fire was an electric arc that resulted from a short circuit! Here, the series of fires reached the vehicles of opposition members. The political assistant of al-Wefaq Secretary General Khalil Al-Marzouk's vehicle was subjected to fire on (May 7, 2017), so were parts of his house's outer structure.

Authorities claimed that the reason behind the fire is "short circuit". Until that incident, none of the damaged parties wanted to accuse the government, or point fingers at it.

However, burning the car of rights activist Ibtisam Al-Saegh after a media campaign launched against her, made it beyond any doubt that a government agency, or a party affiliated to it, is behind this.

Activists and journalists sent tweets on social media platforms mocking the government's repeated lies about the consecutive incidents. Prominent opposition figure Ibrahim Sharif called for "holding "Mr. Short Circuit" accountable before he burns the country!"



Journalist at Al-Wasat Newspaper, Qassim Hussein, wondered how a parked car could be ignited due to a short circuit.



If government forces are not involved in these attacks, then it is at least covering for the perpetrators. More than two months passed since the attack on vehicles of participants in a seminar held by the National Democratic Action Society (Wa'ad) early March by unknown individuals. The perpetrators remain unknown.

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