Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bahraini Protest at Lulu Roundabout in Manama Turns Deadly.

The nice enough life most citizens of Bahrain enjoyed has been turned on its ear. In this video of Lulu Roundabout - Pearl Sqare in Manama where Bahraini protesters were camping out on the morning of February 17, 2011, live fire (not fireworks), and tear gas and concussion grenades can be seen and heard. According to a BBC Journalist: "Bahrain this morning looks like a virtual police state."

The aging king has rallied his subjects--against him. Paramedics rushing to Lulu square to help the wounded were beaten by the police. “They made the people feel safe,” said a nurse, Fatima Ali, referring to what had initially seemed to be official tolerance of the huge protest in Pearl Square, emulating an uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that brought down President Hosni Mubarak. “Then they killed them.”

As of our morning, the Bahrain military is now claiming control of parts of Manama and protests have been banned. After the wholly unexpected and entirely unnecessary attack against the citizenry, Bahrain--and perhaps the region--will never be the same.


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