Click on the photo to enlarge it. I found the notice on a wall in a residential area of the Manama suq. It worries me for two reasons: (i) that the residents are threatening vigilantism (which they've acted on in the past several times), and (ii) that the Indian and Pakistani mafias (which have their Bahraini patrons) continue to operate their prostitution and bootleg alcohol businesses on the island.
This entry was posted
on Saturday, February 26, 2005 at 2/26/2005 04:25:00 pm. Permalink
Scorpio, your anti-Wefaq rants sound just like Steve's anti-Saudi rants over at M.tv . I do enjoy difference of opinion... but its annoying to read the same arguments over and over and over again about how Wefaq or the Saudis are the evil of the universe. I like to wake up some days and not have to think about how everything in my life is linked to Wefaq or Saudi.
But the beauty of the internet and blogging is that anyone can set up their own site... Scorpio, you seem to have a lot to say... why not set up your own blog, or post something on Bahrainblogs.com ? I'm being absolutely serious when I say this.
Also, Scorpio, it would help if you could provide some evidence which leads you to suggest that Ali Salman might be in on it with the mafia. I have no sympathy for the guy, but let's be serious about what we say once in a while.
I wouldn't raise these points if there was some context in your post. There's a concerted effort from the head of Manama city council Murtader Bader to racially segregate the city. This 'warning' that you've highlighted fits into a pattern going back to the March 2004 race riots. But your post completely divorces it from politics.
Instead of providing context the language used has obscured responsibility: for instance on one recent post its "the public" calling for racial segregation. I've not heard "the public" say anything, but I've heard a lot from Bader and his fellow councillors.
The only way you stop politicians who sponsor these race hate campaigns is by pointing fingers to shame them on to the back foot, not by diffusing responsibility.
Everyone's aware that this is a good site, but that should encourage debate rather than suggestions that those who don't agree with you all the way down the line post somewhere else.
And the point about political street thugs and organised crime, it's like the the mafia's exact role - difficult to prove - but I think we'd all acknowledge that these sort of thugs are universally synonymous with organised crime: why should these guys be different? Because they're from Al Wefaq?
Bullshit Scorpio... there is no organised crime, thugs, or whatever, a few teenagers broke a few whisky bottles and raided the local whorehouse that was in thier backyard which the police turned a blind eye to despite repeated complaints. No one got hurt, just a few broken glass. Just like a few residents took things into their own hands in the UK when they found out that paedophiles live in their neighbourhood. Sometimes people get angry at the inaction of the police.
Scorpio man, what is driving ur vendetta? Constantly twisting the debate.
Chan'ad, in ur sincere opinion, do u think Bahrainis would turn violent? I don't think so, this is just a warning.
Scorpio, first of all I never meant to suggest that you should stop commenting here altogether and go somewhere else. I was sincerely trying to encourage you set up your own blog because you have such strong opinions, and I think it would be a good addition to the spectrum of blogs we have in Bahrain already.
I was also suggesting that you could scrutinize your comments more before you post them. If you wrote the same thing in a comment two days ago, then maybe hold back on repeating it again, unless you have some new information to share. I just think that readers would be more likely to understand your point that way. For example, your first comment on this post is just a bunch of oft-repeated accusations, whereas this second comment of yours actually has some substance that I can agree/argue with. But listen, at the end of the day you can say whatever you want because I'm not going to go around deleting any comments.
Anyhows, about the actual topic.... Point taken that in my last post I didn't point the finger directly at Bader (but I did link to the article that names him). You're perfectly correct that it was Bader, and not necessarily "the public", who was demanding racial segregation. I accept your criticism.
With regards to the sign featured in this post however, I do believe that it's not just about Bader and politics. There really do exist Asian mafias in Manama, and there really are residents who are pissed off about what's going on in their neighborhoods. I wouldn't be surprised if the residents put up the signs without any instructions from Bader or other politicians.
And I'm afraid I'm still not convinced about how you link Wefaq to the organized crime... Bader seemed to use that same line of thought to link all Asians to the organized crime. It's plausible... but with the evidence available right now, I wouldn't call it "probable".
To reply to Anon's question "in ur sincere opinion, do u think Bahrainis would turn violent?"
Yes, I do think Bahrainis, like all other humans, have the potential to turn violent under specific conditions and with some incitement from leaders. And it wouldn't be their first time. Maybe the Manama riots weren't as big as it was reported in the papers, but think back to the 90s when expats were specifically targetted, and on a few occasions killed.
I remember the 6 Bangladeshis who were locked in their room and burnt alive... or the cold store near my house that was burnt down... or even the molotov cocktail that was thrown at my bedroom window. It isn't a joke. The situation today is much more stable than it was back then, but it would be foolish to think it could never happen again.
i don't like to comment much about organized-crime gangs in Bahrain - but yes - the mafia does exist in bahrain.
Recent Incident: In bukowara- East Riffa - 3 girls in a GMC vehicle with a member of the royal family 'having fun' - a petrol bomb was thrown at them by a couple of men dressed in black and red bandanas - end result - vehicle up in flames - occupants of the vehicle - burnt! and i mean charred black - with skin falling off them - literally - why & who? i really don't know - some say it was over a business deal - others say it was the pakistani-baluchi mafia. Anyway the local papers weren't allowed to report about it i guess and furthermore the area was Riffa - where the sons of rich boots do drugs - another reason why Riffa is safe - drug lords - atleast there aren't any drug pushers yet in the area - they might be pushing their candy in other cities but Riffa.