So that’s why helicopters are on 24/7 lullaby up in our sky—it’s the king’s intelligence.
From up there, they can check of any crowd build up and immediately alert the ground police to disperse any accumulating group. They won’t mind helicopter petrol, anyway. They have the luxury to roam around the sky all month long, if they want! #BottomlessOilSupply
Yesterday, February 18, for yet another boring day staying indoors, we drove around the city to personally update ourselves. Roads then blocked are now passable, streets have been swept already. It was a calm, peaceful sight, we were able to say doomsday is over.
Then we got to The Pearl roundabout, the strategic Bahrain landmark, and gasped whoa! Our senses heightened as the microscopic eyes of my brother saw military tanks lining the periphery of the roundabout.
I struggled to refocus my eyes to see, and there as we approach the area, saw flags of red and white raised atop the military tanksssss!
Slowly, I get to realize the abundant number of military men in fatigue looking our way, as we are the lone car traveling their direction.
We kind of got intimidated. I kept my camera hidden because the last time we were there, taking photos were forbidden. We were asked to leave the vicinity as soon as they saw me clicking the shutter. Of course I understand. They don’t want the world to see the chaos.
This time, paparazzi mode is on. I stole shots when no one’s looking, so I got lots of blurred photos; add to that, I am clicking in a moving car. I struggled to zoom, 18-55mm limitations. We got so close one point that the whole military tank-men view is just one weak stone throw away, but they were all looking at us, I can’t get myself to put the cam on my face.
We were tempted to drive back just for the photo but decided otherwise, because maybe this time they’ll cease us, wondering what’s with the constant check on the site. That’s more trouble explaining we’re not to be charged espionage, or worse, they’ll get my camera! Oh NO!
We went straight ahead and got so pleased to see that what’s ahead are effortless shots on military tanks lined along the road in regular interval. It’s the whole war drama. Each tank has men in the hole watching like they are anticipating opponent. Then on the ground are men, in fatigue, with helmet on, walking back and forth within a line of responsibility with gun on hand on a firing position.
I had to adjust my shutter speed as I have to take the shot in car motion.
Questions as to whether the Formula 1 will push through are being raised now that peace and order are compromised.
So far, Helicopters are still up, the surrounding calm. There were pro-king protesters on convoy, boy do they parade with their topdowns and luxurious cars!
Will this end soon? I don’t know. Some say it will persist so long as the the Prime minister is still in position, the impoverished Shi’ite majority still poor and not heard, and if reforms do not materialize.
This is not new to me. We’ve had more violent protests and rallies in the Philippines crying for the same things–reform. It has always been the poor, the “disadvantaged, who are screaming for change. This is just another political rally which just happened to be between two different Moslem groups.
I hope they make amends soon. Allah won’t be too happy to see his children on a fight, right?
- Day 4. Bahrain Protest (nothingbutstories.wordpress.com)
- Bahrain: King Orders ‘Dialogue’ To Resolve Unrest (news.sky.com)
- “Bahrain protests are different: It is Shiites against the Sunnis” and related posts (olehgirl.com)