Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: Mali's first case dies

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Queen Elizabeth tweets

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The world this week - October 24 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The world this week - October 24 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Art rocks and shocks Paris

Read more

#TECH 24

Samsung's Gear VR Reviewed

Read more

#TECH 24

How to become a Cyborg

Read more

ENCORE!

Paris rediscovers Picasso

Read more

#THE 51%

Should freezing your eggs be a company benefit?

Read more

middle east - do not use

Pearl Square monument demolished

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-21

Bahrain on Friday demolished the monument in Manama's Pearl Square, which had stood at the central staging point for the nation's pro-democracy movement. Protesters had been camped for a month around the arches supporting the giant pearl.

AFP - Bahrain on Friday demolished a monument at the capital's Pearl Square which had come to symbolise the kingdom's pro-democracy movement, after security forces smashed a protest sit-in there.

BNA official news agency carried a picture of the crumbled monument, saying its destruction reflected the "government's keenness to optimize services and improve the infrastructure."
              
The pile of rubble where activists had camped and rallied for a month until Wednesday, when three were killed as police assaulted the area, was part of a "facelift... to boost flow of traffic in this vital area."
              
The statue of a giant pearl on top of sweeping arches represented Gulf state unity and Bahrain's traditional pearl industry, a mainstay of the local economy before it was transformed by oil.
 

Date created : 2011-03-19

  • BAHRAIN

    Thousands rally at protester funeral

    Read more

  • BAHRAIN

    Shiite opposition leaders arrested

    Read more

  • BAHRAIN

    Saudi troops in Bahrain quash hopes for reform

    Read more

COMMENT(S)