At 3am on Wednesday morning they came to arrest my brother, Mahmood, at his home. His son Arif witnessed the arrest by Bahraini police who claimed to have a warrant. His crime was nothing more than trying to promote dialogue between the protesters and government of Bahrain.
Mahmood al-Yousif is a prominent blogger back home. They call him the Blogfather because his was one of the first such websites in Bahrain. Since people started demonstrating against the government on 14 February he had been consistently advocating dialogue and peaceful protest.
As a matter of fact, Mahmood started a campaign in October 2006, which he called Just Bahraini. He solicited donations to get badges and wristbands printed with the words: "No Shia, No Sunni, Just Bahraini", which he freely distributed. Recently people who possess these badges have become targets of intimidation. More...