Pakistani bloggers demand release of Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif

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LUBP condemns the arrest of prominent Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif by the martial law dictator (Bahraini King Hamad) and the Saudi invader (King Abdullah). We urge all bloggers of Pakistan, Bahrain, Middle East, USA, UK and other countries to voice their protest against Mahmood’s arrest and demand his immediate release.

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 bloggerwhose 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.

Written by Jillian York

Source: All Voices

Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif, a huge figure in the Bahrain blogging scene who runs Mahmood’s Den (, has been arrested by Bahraini police. Mahmood Al-Yousif champions a non-sectarian Bahrain, and has written extensively about the anti-government movement in his home country.

Mahmood tweeted, “Police here for me“. He was taken out of his home at 3am local time on March 30.
Mahmood Al-Yousif also manages Just Bahraini, an anti-sectarian site. Mahmood’s brother, Jamal Alyousif, confirmed the arrest.

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