· February, 2011

Stories about Bahrain from February, 2011

Bahrain: Protests Block National Assembly Building

  28 February 2011

Anti government protesters on Monday morning blocked the National Council building where both Parliament and the Shura (Consultative) Councils hold their weekly sessions. The reason for the protest in front of the National Assembly is to topple the bicameral system in addition to the protesters' other demands for a new constitution and the toppling of the regime.

Bahrain: Minor Ministerial Changes

  26 February 2011

Ministerial changes were announced in Bahrain last night to appease protesters calling for reforms since February 14. Here are reactions to the changes, which are yet to be officially announced.

Bahrain: Day of Mourning Observed

  26 February 2011

Friday (Feb 25) was officially announced as a 'Day of Mourning' for all the martyrs who have fallen since Bahrain's Day of Wrath protests, which started on February 14th 2011. Netizens reflect on the day.

Bahrain: The TAKBEER Guy Meme

  25 February 2011

In an unexpected result of Bahrain's ongoing Day of Wrath protests, the social media community came together and created Bahrain's first bonafide internet meme: TAKBEEER Guy.

Bahrain: Loyalty to the Martyrs

  22 February 2011

Since Saturday, anti government protesters have been protesting peacefully and freely at Pearl (Lulu) Roundabout. Today marked the eighth day of Bahrain's Day of Wrath protests, as Bahrain's opposition parties organized a mass march from Bahrain Mall to Pearl (Lulu) Roundabout as a sign of loyalty to the eight fallen martyrs from the protests.

Bahrain: Coming Out in Numbers in Search for Unity

  21 February 2011

A week has passed since protests broke in the capital Manama on February 14, 2011, calling for real democracy in the Kingdom. Seven men have lost their lives, with the latest martyr Abdulredha Mohammed passing away on Monday in Salmaniya Hospital after being shot by military forces on Friday.

Bahrain: One Country, Two Rallies

  21 February 2011

Seven days have passed since Bahrain's Day of Wrath protests which started on February 14, causing the death of eight protesters in the capital Manama. While protesters continue to camp in Pearl (Lulu) Roundabout, two rallies, one in support of the protests and another in support of the royal family are taking place as I type.

Arab World: The Uprisings Continue

  20 February 2011

It's revolution time across the Arab world, with people rising and calling for political, economic and social reforms. Rallies, demonstrations and protests across the region are flooding our timelines, with heartbreaking news of how one Arab government after the other is using the same tactics to quash protests and silence the voices of dissent. Here are reactions from around the world as people watch the developments unfold.

Bahrain: Withdrawal of Police as Protesters Reclaim Lulu Roundabout

  19 February 2011

Bahraini protesters once again thronged to Lulu Roundabout in the capital Manama, after being dispersed from it in a pre-dawn raid, which left three people dead, countless injured, and up to 60 people still missing and unaccounted for. Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa meanwhile addressed Bahrainis on state TV, appealing for calm, national dialogue and a day of mourning.

Middle East: The Dictator's Handbook now in Bahrain

  19 February 2011

All of a sudden, many ageing Arab regimes found themselves under the fire of their protesting peoples. But will the same routes taken by both the regimes and the protesters in the different countries lead to the same destination?

Bahrain: Army Withdrawing from Lulu Roundabout Area

  19 February 2011

Reports coming from Bahrain's Twitter community around Manama on Saturday February 20th of army vehicles withdrawing from Lulu Roundabout where protesters had protested peacefully on Wednesday but were later raided pre-dawn the following morning. On Friday afternoon, protesters headed towards Lulu Roundabout once again only to face live bullets from the military presence at the area.

Bahrain: Live Ammunition Shot at Protesters (Video)

  19 February 2011

Reports of shootings in several locations in Manama, the Bahraini capital flooded social media websites during the afternoon of Friday February 18, 2011. Videos made in different locations show not only the moments when shots were fired, but also the victims in the aftermath (WARNING: graphic images).

Bahrain: #NickKristof Bullied on Twitter

  19 February 2011

Since arriving in Bahrain, New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof has joined the many voices on Twitter live-reporting turbulent events. While many have been thankful for his updates, and even worried for his safety, others have instead taken to bullying the reporter.

Bahrain: Mourning the Dead

  19 February 2011

On Friday, thousands paid their respects to the people who died in Thursday's pre-dawn raid at LuLu Roundabout which lead to the death of four men. Mourners followed funeral processions in Daih, Karzakan and Sitra on Friday morning.

Bahrain: Crown Prince Calls for Peace on National TV

  18 February 2011

In midst of the chaos of the shooting of protesters in the capital, Bahrain's Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa appeared on a live television program tonight on Bahrain TV at around 6:30 pm local time on Friday 18 February, 2011. Bahrain's Twittersphere live-tweeted his interview.

Bahrain: More Gunshots in Capital

  18 February 2011

Reports of shootings in different locations in the Bahraini capital Manama have flooded social media sites this Friday afternoon. Tweeps at the scene describe the carnage as Bahrain braces itself for more bloodshed and heartbreak.

Bahrain: Nicholas Kristof, An Eyewitness

  17 February 2011

Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is reporting the unfolding events taking place in Bahrain via his Twitter account. Kristof arrived Bahrain a couple of days ago when two protesters were reported dead, after thousands gathered in Pearl Square demanding democracy.