“We want a genuine political life in which the people alone are the source of powers and legislation.
We want a constitution drawn up by the people, and agreed upon, which is the arbitrator and judge in the relationship of the ruler to the ruled.
We want genuine and fair elections based on fair foundations and the distribution of constituencies in which the vote of every individual Bahraini is equal.
We want genuine representation, without the accusation of treason whenever we go out to demand our rights.
We want a Council of Representatives that reflects the composition of the Bahraini people, without the majority being a minority and the minority a majority.
We want a government that is elected, based on people’s competencies rather than ‘loyalties’.
We want to fight corruption and stop the plundering of resources, and achieve a fair distribution of wealth.
We want to stop nepotism, and to prevent recruitment according to affiliation, and to open all sectors, especially the military, to all people.
We want an end to indiscriminate political naturalisation, which has increased the burden on services and oppressed people.
We want true freedom, without a law against ‘terrorism’ and ‘gatherings’.
We want true media freedom, and the door to be opened for everyone to express their opinions freely and without fear.
We want security in villages and towns, and the release of political prisoners and the reform of prisons, and the end of oppression, torture and intimidation.
We want genuine solutions to the problems of unemployment, housing, education, and health.
We want the police to ‘serve the people’, and we want the army to be of the people.
This is truly what we want; we do not want to overthrow the regime, as many imagine, and we do not want to gain control of the government, we do not want chairs and seats here or there. We want to be a people living with dignity and rights.”
The US will spend $110 billion this year supporting the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.