Bahraini Protesters Organize Via Facebook

By Jackie Cohen Comment

Bahrain’s Sh’ite Muslim opposition have been organizing anti-government protests throughout the island nation, starting yesterday in what has been called Day of Wrath, and continuing today.

The Bahraini protesters have taken inspiration from Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings, as have demonstrators in numerous other Middle Eastern countries including Yemen and Jordan.

The mostly youthful demonstrators in Bahrain are demanding the replacement of King Sheik Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, along with the ability to elect the Cabinet, plus the release of all political prisoners. Protesters also want economic improvements, including more jobs and better housing — despite the King’s offer on Friday of about $2,700 per family to defray rising costs.

It certainly looks like a majority of Arab nations are having large-scale protests that include some amount of organization via social media. Every day, another country makes headlines for erupting in demonstrations. Organizing rallies on Facebook will eventually have the same amount of novelty as planning a happy hour event via the social network.

In the mean time, what do you think about the news that Bahraini protesters have organized their demonstrations on Facebook?