Thursday, February 17, 2011. The boss said he’ll let us know if we have to go to office today or not. The alarm rung, but still no call. Half awake– half asleep, I was waiting for the boss’s call for my go signal to prep up. Nothing. I stopped the alarm and resumed sleep.
The entire evening I was like being lullabied by the sound of a helicopter circling our sky. I hear it every time I return to consciousness. At 9 in the morning, I decided to finally rise to charge my dying 5% phone battery, just so I can read news tweets. After all my mom’s alarming news of explosion and the news saying there are military tanks around the city are enough to put me alert, awake, not so enthusiastic.
If I were in the Philippines, I only have to turn the TV on and would know the exact situation through the media lenses. I cannot depend on local media here. If there was even any coverage, I would not understand Arabic.
I decided to come bring mom to work today so I can roam around and see what’s happening in Bahrain. I brought my camera, of course, just in case.
We went to the Pearl Roundabout where the protesters camped out. The Pearl Roundabout is a strategic venue since it leads to major business centers in the country, the biggest malls included.
To our inconvenience, these roads are blocked so everyone is rerouted. We tried to come closer to see the density of people, but we are only allowed to an extent.
We were able to see parts of the tents where they camped out.
There were tractors on the site, too, looks like clearing the area.
There were several police groups assembled around the city.
Of course there was inevitable traffic due to rerouting.
What happens tomorrow?
- Bahrain protests: Five key facts (csmonitor.com)
- Bahrain: peaceful protests turn violent as police attack demonstrators (boingboing.net)
- Police move in to clear protesters from Bahrain’s capital (ac360.blogs.cnn.com)
- Bahrain, from pearls to protests (cnn.com)