“this vital area of the capital”
Of course, the real horror is what the government of Bahrain is willing to do to the people who have the nerve to demand democratic reforms, the atrocities and war crimes that security forces are committing with help from Saudi troops and, of course, with the full support of the United States of America. But it still says a lot about a government that it would rather destroy its own national monuments than let them become monuments of resistance. Rather than allow more images like this one:
or this one:
The government of Bahrain decided they preferred this one:
As CNN reports,
“The government explained the demolition by saying it was done “out of the government’s keenness to optimize services and improve the infrastructure” and that it would “boost flow of traffic in this vital area of the capital,” according to the state-run Bahrain News Agency.
…the site had experienced a re-signification of meaning for Bahrainis, the Arab world, and the international community. It became one more bone in a skeleton that joins Egypt’s Tahrir square, Yemen’s Sana`a University, and Libya’s Benghazi. No longer a site that ties the history of the Bahraini monarchy to the history of that country’s economic modernization and to the history (and successes) of the GCC, the Pearl Roundabout came to index histories of protest against the excesses of monarchical rule and the history of violence that calls for democratization will, and have been, met with.
Today, the Pearl roundabout incites thoughts of uprising against oppressive regimes. It inspires people to revolution. That is why the Bahraini government, on Friday, March 18, laced it with explosives and imploded it, exposing its insides for the world and more importantly, Bahrainis, to see. It wanted to destroy this new meaning that the roundabout spoke, to silence the possibilities that the roundabout stood for. The Bahraini government and its Saudi conspirators have shown that they will destroy even the infrastructure of protest. The Peal Roundabout is gone. But for now, the Bahraini uprising remains.