Several online sources have confirmed this photo was taken on February 14, however FRANCE 24’s Observers Team has been unable to independently verify this image. Photo posted on Twitter by @ALWEFAQ.
Protesters made repeated attempts to retake Bahrain’s symbolic Pearl Square in the capital Manama on Tuesday to mark one year since anti-government demonstrations first erupted in the country
. Despite sustained marches over the past year, our Observer says that none of the protesters demands have been met, and that the situation in the country has actually deteriorated.
The security presence in Manama was so intense on Tuesday that protesters were unable to reach Pearl Square. Instead, they were forced to hold marches and rallies in areas near the iconic roundabout, and in villages on the outskirts of the capital, where some clashes were reported.
Plumes of teargas envelop motorists in Manama on February 14. Video posted on YouTube by Sonnos000.
Security forces clash with protesters on February 14. Video posted on YouTube by SayedF14.
Demonstrators also gathered on the eve of the anniversary to march toward the square, where security forces reportedly greeted them with rounds of teargas, rubber bullets and flash grenades. Monday’s violence came on the same day King Hamad urged “cohesion” among Bahrainis in an unrelated statement.
Bahrain is ruled by a Sunni minority, which has been accused of discriminating against the country’s nearly 70 percent