Popular Rejection of Bahraini Crown Prince’s UAE-Sponsored Policies
The narrative of alleged reform announced by the Crown Prince of Bahrain is no longer accepted for the Bahraini people, who comprehensively reject policies of the ruling Al Khalifa family.
Most protests taking place in the cities of Bahrain include chants demanding the departure of the King of Bahrain and his eldest son. Demonstrators accuse the king of turning the country into a kingdom of tyranny repelling political action.
The protesters ’message confirms that Prince Salman bin Hamad’s approach is not different from that of his father, King Hamad bin Isa, stressing they are” two sides of the same coin. ”
More recently, the Crown Prince, who assumed the premiership on November 11, claimed that he was leading a reform campaign and that Bahrain has “gotten over” the 2011 revolution.
However, popular demonstrations responded that the revolution against the Bahraini regime is continuing under the slogan “persistence until victory.”
Demonstrators unanimously stressed that the Crown Prince, “the godfather of dictatorship”, is not different from his father’s approach to persecution and oppression.
They named hundreds of political prisoners in prisons and expressed their fear for their lives from the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
A member of the Bahrain Scholarly Council confirms that the Crown Prince of the Kingdom disappointed citizens with his wrong policies and weak administration.
Sheikh Hassan Al-Asfour explained that the Bahraini people were waiting for the current crown prince before the death of his predecessor, Khalifa bin Salman, to change the political process and reform the country.
He added, “However, the crown prince disappointed citizens with his unfit policies and administration.”
Recently, a lengthy human rights report monitored the mysteries and secrets of the Crown Prince of Bahrain, starting in November after the death of his uncle, Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman.
The report reviewed what it described as the “hidden face” of the eldest son of the King of Bahrain and the second prime minister in Bahrain only since the country’s independence in 1971.
The report, leaked from human rights organizations, included facts about a Bahraini man who held many positions.
The last of which was First Deputy Prime Minister in 2013, and prior to that, he was appointed Deputy Supreme Commander in 2008.
He supervised the implementation of the general policy and the military, administrative, economic and financial plans of the Bahrain Defense Force and the National Guard.
“Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa is the face of corruption, not reform.” The human rights report opened the “profile” of the Crown Prince of Bahrain in the context of revealing the truth about this man.
The crown prince presented himself as a “man of reforms,” but in return, he consolidated his powers for personal gain, at the expense of state resources.
The report was based on shocking facts that highlight the extent of the deterioration of the economic situation and the poor condition of low-income families.
Bahraini and international human rights organizations confirmed that “despite these facts threatening the standard of living of the Bahraini citizen, the media circles tried to foresee a prosperous future during the era of Salman bin Hamad.”
The report emphasized that “in addition to not seeking any development and radical improvement in the citizen’s standard of living and economy, Salman bin Hamad has a record of corruption, violations and acts contrary to development plans.
When King Hamad bin Isa came to power in 1999, he overturned the National Pact in 2001 and narrowed the space for opposition political action/
Two days before the Saudi military intervention in Bahrain on March 15, 2011, the crown prince presented an initiative for dialogue with the opposition, which he said was launched according to principles.
Among them are: a parliament with full powers, a government that represents the will of the people, fair electoral districts, and combating financial and administrative corruption and addressing sectarian tension.
However, the Crown Prince did not move a finger about the killing campaigns of dozens of demonstrators in the democratic movement or the arrests of thousands of activists and politicians.
Political societies were also dissolved, while hundreds of opponents were revoked, most notably Sheikh Issa Qassem, and he was banished from the country.
Even a decade later, the Crown Prince remained silent from all these violations, which were condemned by the international community, the United Nations and human rights organizations, according to the report.