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Bahrain tears down statue at centre of protests

Concrete statue on Pearl roundabout, the focal point of demonstrations, comes crashing down

Bahrain tears down statue at centre of protests
A Bahraini boy sits near the statue in Pearl Square (roundabout) in Manama, on February 16. (AFP/Getty Images)

Bahrain tore down on Friday the

statue at the centre of Pearl roundabout, the focal point and symbol

of weeks of pro-democracy protests in the Gulf island kingdom.

Drills and diggers cut away at the six bases of the statue

for hours, until it collapsed into a mound of rubble and steel

bars. Trucks stood by to take away the debris.

The concrete statue of six dhow sails holding up a pearl was

erected in the early 1980s to mark a summit of formation of the

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Each of the six sails represents one of the members of the

GCC, which include Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates,

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman. The pearl represents the joint

heritage of the Gulf countries, whose economies were based on

pearl fishing before the discovery of oil.

Mainly Shi'ite protesters had taken over the grass-covered

roundabout near the financial district of Manama during weeks of

protests, setting up a tent city where free food was handed out

and political speeches and rallies were held into the night.

Bahraini riot police launched a crackdown on the Pearl

roundabout protest camp on Wednesday, driving out demonstrators.

Military troops later arrived to seal off the area which is

under a 12 hour daily curfew.

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Ahmad 9 years ago

I came a month ago to Bahrain. I have not seen a single security/police on the roads/streets in initial days. It tells by itself how peaceful was Bahrain.

To get more rights/benefits, the protesters started movement. It is good and it is human right too.

But then protesters started terrifying citizens. I am not sure whether I am secured here or not.

Police/Military involved to restore security.
If there is no discussion between protesters and government, the security of citizens are at risk. It damages the economy of the country too.

Last but not least, protesters in Bahrain teaching children hatred (how to hate others). I personally experience it most of the times.

I am sure it will not give better society, if the children are going through such hatred in their life.

Children should be kept distant with these activities. They are not mature to decide what is right and what is wrong.
I hope the situation will be in control with discussions aroud the table, but not at round about

SalRealAge realage 9 years ago

Ahmad, it is not "the protesters" teaching children of hate, the teaching was there all the time among GCC locals and many of the foreigners experienced it in a way of vandalizing their property, verbal abuse and at time physical abuse from the local children.

Sam 9 years ago

The issue for me is clear; only few hateful and jealous shiites who never stopped supporting the enemies of Arabs, are suddenly given orders from Qom, to further distabilize the region, after seeing the successes of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions. Sadly, the creators of shiism and the safavid rule in persia, will always side with their puppy and stab their guests in the back. So for me, it is no surprise that certain western powers would try whatever they can to halt potential success in creating harmony amongst Arab nations; instead, they strive on feeding religious division. Few weeks ago, these same powers were closest friends of Mubarak, Bin Ali and Qadafi; don't be fooled! Their sudden love for spreading democracy in the Arab world at the moment is simply tactical.

Atul 9 years ago

My message is very simple. Its a mind over matter concept. All these so called "freedom fighters" will starve if the FDI and industry in Bahrain gets uprooted. I wonder what they expect to become by demonizing the Shia Community in front of world media. Dialogue is the only way to effectively manage change in society. It is ridiculous that there was violence in the most peaceful state of the GCC. I love Bahrain and my heart cries out for its people and their suffering. Financial ruin is around the corner for the country which was a beacon of hope and life to all of its GCC brethren. Please do not kill Bahrain with sectarian wars.

emkaybee 9 years ago

Yes, Sam, you are right.............just a few months ago, may be an year ago , the British Govt. was wooing the Libyan Colonel in order to win lucrative business contracts for UK companies, in Libya's Oil and Gas sectors, and same with the Italians. And now, UK is most vigorous in declaring no-fly-zones in Libya. What a selfish political attitude, it follows The White House (sic!) blindly!

Mike Jones 9 years ago


Please read this fantastic article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12792637
The instability needs to be in the Gulf , surely every one realizes that it is "good for business"! However I have no idea why you and every one else keep mixing what is going on in Bahrain with Iran. The protesters are Arabs, the orders come from Washington and not Qom. Harmony among Arab States, don't make us laugh. Saudi Arabia spending 60 Billion Dollars on Arms for what? Imagine what a fraction of this money would mean for the Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the occupied Territories and the ones that have been forgotten in Lebanon.
Great leadership from Qatar to help with the no fly zone over Libya, or is it that they are the only Arab country that are not planning to use their arms to subdue their own and other countries population.

EyeWitness 9 years ago

Majority of Shias in Bahrain have come from Iran and they have no Nationalism or any love for Bahrain. They have clearly demonstrated once again, that they want to spread terror and anarchy in this country and sell it to Iran.

Since it's been happening since the Kingdom of Bahrain got freedom in 1971;]
There must be a LAW if a Bahraini acts on Illegal; Bahraini Passport must be seized & Ban on the Shia peoples & Deport them Back to Iran; These Shiites people in Bahrain have always shown and appear to be untrusted for very long period becoz of Religion; their way of teachings & way of Sunnah is not accurate as by Scholars which has not a good History but an ambush spread to make them We Shia are the religion ones that follow Muhammad (sallal la hu alyhi wassalam) but none of their acts i have seen in my life have been done so far and neither will Do!

King of Bahrain was kind and trusted the demonstrators Sect but they let him down and have shown that they cannot be trusted anymore.

Dan 9 years ago

Don't drag the US into this. Yesterday, Barack Obama clearly said that they would back the Allies but not send any ground troops.
The European Allies along with some of the Arab countries are the ones taking the lead on the Libya No-fly zone!

Hashim Husaain 9 years ago


All known studies on the people of Bahrain have shown that the indeginous people "The Baharna" who make the largest ethnic group in Bahrain are not Iranian. Historical records clearly indicate that the Baharna were of Shia inclination several hundred years before the Persians decided to adopt the Shia school of thought. Even from a lingutic and cultural perspective, their link to the people of Eastern Saudi Arabia is evident to vouch for their Arab roots. Distorting historical facts is not going to make your case any stronger, it actually weakens your argument.
You cannot deport and ban your countrymen just because they differ with you on issues of reform or because you question their loyalty. Nor do you have a monopoly of Islam to claim that your teachings (or your interpertation) are representative of what you envision as "correct" Islam.
The people of Bahrain are above what you are trying to project here. Trust is usally a two way relationship, my friend.