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True colours.

Opposition groups in Bahrain revealed their true colours last week, more so than any other time. Their involvement in illegal rallies that saw businesses crippled and roads blocked has no political justification whatsoever.

It was thuggery of the highest order perpetrated by those sitting in offices as 'political opponents,' blessed by sponsors ranging from Iranian clerics to bogus human rights defenders in Western countries.

What was disappointing was that illegal rallies were held at a time when the government had opened its doors for dialogue, approached most groups, including Al Wefaq, and paved the way for confidence-building.

The rallies destroyed the hope of a peaceful settlement and indicated that Al Wefaq and company are here to destroy the social fabric, cripple the economy and tarnish Bahrain's image internationally.

Can a party with the aim of destroying the kingdom's basic foundations be considered a political group worth sitting at the negotiating table? Can a thief deal with police on how or what to steal?

They had been told umpteen times to stop violence, but continued to ignore it and this showed they would neither denounce nor stop violence in the near future.

This compelled the government to say enough is enough and legal measures are in place to deal with the thugs and their bosses.

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa summarised this in one sentence - "Our patience has run out" (GDN, September 9).

What do blocking roads, forcing closure of shops and burning tyres have to do with demands for democratic rights they already have?

We witnessed firebombing of schools and breaking open ATMs. When the international media denounced it, the street thugs and the opposition backed way.

We hope this time illegal and violent rallies will be disowned by peace-loving entities, not to mention the international media which served as the opposition's mouthpiece.

The more the opposition allegedly organise illegal and violent rallies, the more its 'political image' becomes dirty and aimless.

Bahrainis and expats consider the street thugs aimless terrorists for what they are doing to society.

However, it must be clear to the opposition that the silent majority will not take a back seat if violence continues. There will come a time when all Bahrainis will teach the thugs and their bosses a lesson.


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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Sep 16, 2012
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