Press TV has conducted an interview with Ibrahim Mousawi, a political analyst, about the Bahraini regime forces continuing their crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.
What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
We were speaking earlier to human rights activists or activists that are concerned with the situation in Bahrain. They were telling us that by arresting Mr. Marzooq, the Bahraini authorities have actually shown they are not interested in a peaceful way out of this.
How do you think this arrest is affecting the situation and do you think that a national dialog is actually going to help and is going to work?
I believe that the situation in Bahrain has come into a new turning point with the escalation of the measures, the drastic measures, the tough measures by the authorities against the peaceful protesters.
I believe they are going into the same game. It is the same game that it is not going to bring the authorities any results. They are exercising more pressure on the people, they are dispersing them with bullets and with live bullets and with rubber bullets, they are mounting their campaign against the people in Bahrain, against their rightful demands; but this is not going to lead them anywhere.
When we talk about the “international community,” we have to ask very important questions about the movement and the activity of this international community that turns a blind eye to what is happening in Bahrain.
This is a very important issue. Where are the United Nations organizations? Where are the human rights organizations? Where are the watchdogs? What do they do and why don’t they raise their voices up in this?
We have seen something recently that is going to gather more … I believe in the future, it is about the European Union. But we expect and we anticipate that more movements, more pressure should be exercised against the authorities so they would bow down to the demands of the people.
Now as for the talks that are going to take place or the dialog, I believe they have to display a more humble attitude, they have to bow down. When I say they, I mean the authorities, the government in Bahrain because this is going only to cause more trouble, this is going to cause more violence, this is going to cause lots of lies from the authorities’ side against the people and sooner or later they are going to bow down to the pressure, to the peaceful pressure by the people.
And Mr. Mousawi quickly, you said in the start of your comments that you think this is a turning point now for Bahrain. What do you mean exactly by this turning point? What are you saying is going to happen from this stage on?
There is very important issue that all analysts, all experts and even the authorities should take into consideration.
When you talk about the movement of the people, you are talking about authentic movement. You are not talking about mercenaries, you are not talking about people that you are bringing them from the four corners of the world. You are talking about the genuine, the indigenous people of Bahrain. The people that have lived all of their lives there and are going to live all of their lives there. They cannot face these rightful demands by persecution and by all of these escalating the measures.
It is going and it has reached a turning point because now they are putting the former MPs into prisons, they are mounting their campaign against the Ulama of Bahrain, against the religious scholars. This is something that the people will not accept and I believe this is going to gather and this is going to rally more support for the Bahrainis in order to press more in a very peaceful way with their demands against the authorities.