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Bahrain: When Geeks Protest

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

On Saturday a group of IT specialists held a anti government rally raising “geeky” signs and slogans. Tweep @JTheIslander, an IT geek himself, was on location and tweeted these photos showing some of the most creative signs:

@JTheIslander chants: “IT Sinna o shia” plixi.com/p/81757795

The IT rally carrying geeky anti government signs

The IT rally carrying geeky anti government signs

“IT Sinna o Shia” is an IT flavoured rendition of another slogan used which means “Brothers, Sunna and Shia”

@JTheIslander The geeky rally banner against censorship. plixi.com/p/81752318

Opinion Blocked

Opinion Blocked

This banner looks similar to the dreaded “Site Blocked” page used when accessing a censored page in Bahrain.

Geeks also expressed their feelings towards the current PM Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa through PHP code..

@JTheIslander php code in the geeky rally now. plixi.com/p/81753449

PHP code Translation: We will carry on chanting "Down Down Khalifa" as long as he is in power

PHP code Translation: We will carry on chanting "Down Down Khalifa" as long as he is in power

..and by keyboard shortcuts!

@JTheIslander SHIFT+DELETE KHALIFA! plixi.com/p/81754122

Geek showing how internet speeds slowed down dramatically during the first days of the protests

Geek showing how internet speeds slowed down dramatically during the first days of the protests

@JTheIslander THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH! plixi.com/p/81754415

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This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

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