Shortly after 3am local time, prominent Bahraini blogger Mahmood al-Yousif was arrested in his home. Before leaving with police officers, the blogger tweeted:
Police here for me
Al-Yousif is an influential blogger whose writings of late have been in favor of unifying Bahrainis. On March 15, he wrote:
[I] choose to come back [to Bahrain] to continue to espouse sanity and tolerance. To continue to try to show people that regardless of their beliefs, status or wealth, our destinies as Bahrainis are intertwined and it behoves us to find equitable ways to live together and ameliorate our differences.
I don’t want to point fingers nor am interested in apportioning further blame. I favor the recognition of the root causes of this strife in order to move on, no matter how painful that exercise may be.
Al-Yousif has long been the administrator of a site called JustBahraini, a unity campaign against sectarianism. He wrote recently of a campaign supporter being threatened by police.
His arrest was confirmed by his brother, as well as his son, who tweeted:
Police just came to my house and arrested my father, Mahmood Al-Yousif. @BahrainRights @OnlineBahrain
Photo by Rotary Club of Adliya made available under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.
Thats sooo sad.. Mahmood is a good man, there is no doubt about it. Im speechless… an honest man who has amazing manners and respect for all being arrested … my prayers and thoughts are with the Al Yousif family. Hiyyakum Allah Ahle Mamhood.
Nice. Another terrorist arrested. All who are involved in the terrorizing activities should be arrested and jailed. They have ruined the peace of our beloved country. May Allah keep our King and his peaceful Kingdom safe from Iranians and hezbullah.
I want free for him and others whom detained because thier openions
This is a modern day educationist, who try by all means necessary to inform, educate and develop human through the Internet. He is a blessing to us all, let the government free him because his type are very few on earth.