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Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument

Iconic structure had come to symbolise the kingdom's pro-democracy movement

Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Trucks and bulldozers remove the debris of the Pearl Square monument in Manama on March 19, 2011, a day after Bahrain demolished the monument at Pearl Roundabout which had come to symbolise the kingdom's pro-democracy movement, after security forces smashed a protest sit-in there. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Bahraini armed forces secure the area near Pearl Roundabout in Manama on March 19, 2011. Bahrain's king pledged to bring reforms and another demonstrator was confirmed to have died in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, as international calls mounted for restraint. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Bahraini armed forces secure the area near Pearl Roundabout in Manama on March 19, 2011. Bahrain's king pledged to bring reforms and another demonstrator was confirmed to have died in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, as international calls mounted for restraint. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Bahraini armed forces secure the area near Pearl Roundabout in Manama on March 19, 2011. Bahrain's king pledged to bring reforms and another demonstrator was confirmed to have died in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, as international calls mounted for restraint. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Bahraini armed forces secure the Pearl Roundabout area in Manama on March 19, 2011. Bahrain's king pledged to bring reforms and another demonstrator was confirmed to have died in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, as international calls mounted for restraint. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Bahraini armed forces secure the Pearl Roundabout area in Manama on March 19, 2011. Bahrain's king pledged to bring reforms and another demonstrator was confirmed to have died in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, as international calls mounted for restraint. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
A picture of Bahraini Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa decorates a tank as armed forces secure Manama's Pearl Roundabout on March 19, 2011. Bahrain's opposition lost a strong card when police used deadly force to crush a month-old sit-in at Pearl Roundabout but the pro-democracy movement insists it is very much alive. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
A member of Bahrain's armed forces salutes as he secures Manama's Pearl Roundabout on March 19, 2011. Bahrain's opposition lost a strong card when police used deadly force to crush a month-old sit-in at Pearl Roundabout but the pro-democracy movement insists it is very much alive. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Trucks and bulldozers remove the debris of the Pearl Square monument in Manama on March 19, 2011, a day after Bahrain demolished the monument at Pearl Roundabout which had come to symbolise the kingdom's pro-democracy movement, after security forces smashed a protest sit-in there. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Trucks and bulldozers remove the debris of the Pearl Roundabout monument in Manama on March 19, 2011, a day after Bahrain demolished the monument at Pearl Roundabout which had come to symbolise the kingdom's pro-democracy movement, after security forces smashed a protest sit-in there. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Bulldozers remove the debris of the Pearl Square monument in Manama on March 19, 2011, a day after Bahrain demolished the monument at Pearl Roundabout which had come to symbolise the kingdom's pro-democracy movement, after security forces smashed a protest sit-in there. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Trucks and bulldozers remove the debris of the Pearl Square monument in Manama on March 19, 2011, a day after Bahrain demolished the monument at Pearl Roundabout which had come to symbolise the kingdom's pro-democracy movement, after security forces smashed a protest sit-in there. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
A member of Bahrain's armed forces secures Manama's Pearl Roundabout on March 19, 2011. Bahrain's opposition lost a strong card when police used deadly force to crush a month-old sit-in at Pearl Roundabout but the pro-democracy movement insists it is very much alive. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
A picture of Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa decorates a tank as armed forces secure Manama's Pearl Roundabout on March 19, 2011. Bahrain's opposition lost a strong card when police used deadly force to crush a month-old sit-in at Pearl Roundabout but the pro-democracy movement insists it is very much alive. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
A picture of Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa decorates a tank as armed forces secure Manama's Pearl Roundabout on March 19, 2011. Bahrain's opposition lost a strong card when police used deadly force to crush a month-old sit-in at Pearl Roundabout but the pro-democracy movement insists it is very much alive. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Trucks and bulldozers remove the debris of the Pearl Roundabout monument in Manama on March 19, 2011, a day after Bahrain demolished the monument at Pearl Roundabout which had come to symbolise the kingdom's pro-democracy movement, after security forces smashed a protest sit-in there. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
A general view shows the Pearl Roundabout in Manama on March 19, 2011, a day after Bahrain demolished the monument at the square which had come to symbolise the kingdom's pro-democracy movement, after security forces smashed a protest sit-in there. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain armed forces demolish Pearl Roundabout monument
Trucks and bulldozers remove the debris of the Pearl Roundabout monument in Manama on March 19, 2011, a day after Bahrain demolished the monument at Pearl Roundabout which had come to symbolise the kingdom's pro-democracy movement, after security forces smashed a protest sit-in there. (AFP/Getty Images)