Bahrain Activist Arrested, Dragged to Police Van (video)

Human rights activist Zainab Alkhawaja was arrested while peacefully protesting on December 15 and dragged by two police women into a police van. She and other activists were taking part in a protest called “Occupy Budaiya Street,” as she reported on her AngryArabiya Twitter feed shortly before her arrest. This video shows Alkhawaja being handcuffed and arrested.

Another activist, Masooma al-Sayed (pictured here), was arrested at another protest on the same highway in Manama, the capital of Bahrain. The Minister of the Interior said on Twitter that “2 ladies were arrested for taking part & calling for illegal gathering& one of them attacked public security female employee near Busaiba.”

Al Jazeera notes that the highway “leads to a junction that is roughly half a kilometre south of Manama’s Pearl Roundabout,” which was the focal point of anti-government protests that arose in Bahrain in February. The monument at the roundabout was destroyed and protesters evicted in March. Over 35 have died in clashes between protesters and security forces and hundreds, including doctors and nurses treating injured protesters, have been imprisoned.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) says that Alkhawaja will be detained for seven days and demanded that action be taken to ”guarantee her release and protection from further physical violence.” The BCHR also says that Alkhawaja told her lawyer Zahra Masood that a female officer ”took my (Muslim head) scarf off and tied it around my mouth to stop me from speaking,”according to Al Jazeera.

Some hours before Alkhawaja’s arrest, the New York Times released a video in which columnist Nicholas Kristof spoke of his recent visit to Bahrain; while attending a protest, Kristof was tear gassed and detained by police. Kristof also met and interviewed Alkhawaja, who “argues passionately that our ally Bahrain is repressive and an embarrassment to American values.” In an interview with the New York Times’ Lede blog two weeks earlier, Alkhawaja was similarly outspoken.

Alkhawaja is the mother of a young daughter, Jude. Both her husband, Wafi al-Majed, and her father, prominent human rights activist Addulhadi Alkhawaja, are in prison, where they have been beaten and tortured. The Bahraini government has sentenced Addulhadi Alkhawaja to life in prison.

Previous Care2 Coverage

NYT’s Nicholas Kristof Detained By Bahraini Police

Bahrain Used Torture, “Excessive Force” on Protesters

16-Year-Old Bahraini Killed by Police Vehicle



Photo of Zainab Alkhawaja by Conor McCabe


Joan E.
Joan Ellis5 years ago

They are saying that the end is coming as I see and hear what's going on around this world I thing the time should come now, there is just to much pain and suffering going around and we need to find peace!!

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

this garbage is being done to all people all over our planet.
If you don't do what your get hurt in some way.
And our own government is running right along with these other governments that are suppressing the peoples rights.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

Very sad. I don't care why Bahrain is our ally, we don't need them.

Victoria Pitchford
Vicky P6 years ago

geez, looks like the world really is falling to pieces

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence6 years ago

Just plain sad..

ROLF P6 years ago

It's time for people to take back their lives, they need to rid this earth of all oppressors, Qaddafi got just what he deserved his trial started forty years ago, he was found guilty and shot. THAT"S JUSTICE

Veronique L.
Veronique L6 years ago

So sad...

Keevin Shultz
Keevin Shultz6 years ago

I am confused. If the "protester" is the "person of the year" then why are protesters in the United States pepper sprayed, tear gassed, beaten,shot with rubber bullets, and arrested with their belongings confiscated and destroyed? I wonder if Time gives ANY credit to the American protester or if Americans give any credit to the American protester?

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

Signed. Isn't ironic that this country is equally as guilty in the case of Bradley Manning.