“I was beaten up by royalty” says Bahraini poet
Summary from The Independent, July 18, 2011
A poet jailed for reciting her work at a protest says she was beaten up by a member of the Bahraini royal family.
Ayat al-Gormezi, aged 20, says she was regularly beaten about the head while in prison.
She described her attacker to the guards who said it was a female member of the country’s royal family who had volunteered for duty.
“She would say, ‘You should be proud of the al-Khalifas. They are not going to leave this country. It is their country,’ ” said Gormezi.
She became a symbol for the pro-democracy movement after reading out one of her poems at a rally in February (see WVoN story). She spent nine days in prison and was regularly tortured.