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Faten Bushehri and Bill Marczak


Remembering Bloody Thursday

[A sign at Pearl Roundabout reads, “Attention: On this spot a child was weeping, a woman was wailing, an old man was bleeding. This spot was enriched with the blood of the wounded, where the martyrs’ souls ascended. This was Bloody Thursday. How can we forget them?” Image from Saeed Saif, 20 February, 2011]

Today marks the two-year anniversary of “Bloody Thursday,” as 17 February 2011 is now known in Bahrain. The previous day, two days after the uprising began, and two martyrs later, the King allowed protesters to assemble at the Pearl Roundabout. People felt safe and were eager to embrace this freedom, unaware of the fate that awaited them. At about 3 a.m. the next day, roughly one thousand police suddenly stormed the roundabout, firing shotguns, tear gas, rubber bullets, ...

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 Faten Bushehri and Bill Marczak

Faten Bushehri is a Bahraini national.

Bill Marczak is a founding member of transparency organization Bahrain Watch and a Computer Science Ph.D. candidate at University of California at Berkeley.