'I would start my speech by asking, what are the human right demands which the Bahraini people have been demanding since 1923, passing through all the political movements until we reached to the Arab Spring?
- All the movements since that time were asking for reform. All the movements in Bahrain has been peaceful, people demanding to participate in the political, economical, and society decision making. The demands of all the political movements have not changed since the early 1920s.
- Even under the current circumstances of the Arab Spring, where other countries asked for the fall of their regimes, Bahrain's political opposition parties continued to ask for reform. Also, despite the campaigns of distortion, treason, and the regime attempts to disrupt and discredit the movement through inciting sectarian conflict, the opposition remained committed to asking for the same demand of reform and did not adopt any sectarian or radical act.
- We, as the opposition, have always insisted on the Arabic identity of Bahrain, and on its independence, as well as the existence of institutions that establish the people as the source of power.'
- Isa Ebrahim