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Bahrain: Pro-Government, Pro-King Voices Emerge

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Bahrain, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Politics, Protest

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011 [1].

As the third day of protests in Bahrain continues this Wednesday 16 February, 2011, numerous voices have stepped up to show support for King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and the Bahraini government.

Two support rallies have been organised over Facebook in both the old capital city of Muharraq [2] [ar] and in Riffa [3] [ar], south of the capital Manama. A third rally [4] [ar] is planned for Friday February 18, 2011 after prayers outside the Al-Fateh mosque, Bahrain's largest, in Juffair just outside Manama.

On Twitter, a number of pro-government tweeps have been reminding the Twittersphere of some of the country's key achievements, and of services given to the people after the establishment of the National Charter in 2001.

@hussakhalid [5] Do you know that Bahrain provides free K-12 Education for all citizens? #Bahrain #silentmajority

@hussakhalid [5] Do you know that there are no income taxes in Bahrain? #Bahrain #silentmajority

@hussakhalid [5] Do you know that #Bahrain provides free healthcare for all citizens? #Feb14 #silentmajority

@abdullamandi [6] Do you know that #Bahrain gov pays unemployed citizens $530 a month for a period of six months and provides at least three job offers #Feb14

@abdullamandi [6] Do you know that #Bahrain gov pays $400 per month to each citizen waiting for a subsidized home #Feb14

@abdullamandi [6] Do you know #Bahrain gov.offers its citizens homes at extremely affordable and subsidized rates as low$40 per month #Feb14

At the same time, blogger Mohammed Al-Mastaki (@emoodz [7]) who describes himself as “Not an activist, just a product of the Nido Generation [wealthy, westernised youths] in action!” has been tweeting some of the reasons why people are protesting at Lulu Roundabout [8]:

@emoodz [7] Why #Bahrain Protests: Government clamped down on local forums and blogs, initiated strict internet censorship #feb14

@emoodz [7] Why #Bahrain Protests: A local blogger / internet forum admin is in custody being trailed for his opinions since September #feb14 (Prominent Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam [9])

@emoodz [7] Why #Bahrain Protests: After losing its capital of $200 mil the BIC (Bahrain International Circuit) recorded a loss of $225 mil the following year.. it's still funded #feb14

@emoodz [7] Why #Bahrain Protests: 10% of the oil revenue is not recorded in the national budget #feb14

@emoodz [7] Why #Bahrain Protests: 30% of the national budget is being spent on the army and police, only 12% on health care and education #feb14

@emoodz [7]Why #Bahrain Protests: More than 20% of the entire workforce is paid less than 400 BD per month #feb14

@emoodz [7]The United Nations had declared a family income below 283 BD in #Bahrain is below the poverty line #feb14 http://bit.ly/gVq1QP [10]

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011 [1].