This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 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).
This first video shows a familiar face from a previous post: the victim speaking with the reporter was seen carrying a wounded person away from the protest. From the video's description:
Victim speaking with a news reporter after an attack on their protest and get attacked again
Translation not exact”
“We were going there, chanting peaceful peaceful, we even raised our hands (other person:says we even had flowers), they were not kidding, they've had machine guns, not riffles or hand weapons, literally machine guns with tripod, and they open fired, people ran away! A person in front me instantly died after a head shot, I tried to grab him and carry him away, I was in complete state of shock”
People are seen jogging away from the protests and the reason why becomes obvious as the sound of gunfire is heard, causing another flood of runners including children.
This video shows protesters walking towards the Pearl Roundabout (Lulu) chanting “Peaceful, Peacefully” when gunshots are heard.
This next video shows another perspective of the event, capturing images of the aftermath: some protesters lie on the ground, blood around them, while their fellows scream in anguish over their still bodies. (WARNING: graphic images)
How dare the Army murder the innocent people who are peacefully protesting – the people they should, by right, be protecting. Who are they protecting? The people or the royalty?
This is the critical point where the Bahraini government can either get up and do something to fix things (quick) or if they don’t (more likely), it looks like there will be no return for the Bahraini people.
Once the Army knowingly massacres its own people on the streets, the Bahraini public will be unforgiving, continuing to cry for even bolder changes than they did before. The Army (hence the State) will have found itself in a terrible mess. How could shooting protesters on the street have possibly had any positive effect on the people? Surely it has fueled the rage of the people and their calling for the removal of the seemingly corrupt royalties.