good day friends. i have a few images to share with you today. as you may have heard, many bahraini's chose to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the february 14th revolution. some folks celebrated peacefully however some did not. there were about two weeks where everyone on the island seemed to just sit and wait and see what was going to happen. there were many, many protests throughout the island. some protests were anti-government and some were pro-government. i wanted to document this time during our stay here but it is against the law to photograph protests and government checkpoints and government buildings. i kept thinking...how am i going to document this and not get arrested! i finally decided to document exactly what i saw.
the revolution this year seems to be on weekends and after work. during daytime hours you will see commuters, school buses, taxi cabs and shoppers. it is very strange that the island can be relatively normal until about 4pm and then things start to spiral out of control in the anti-government neighborhoods.
this photo series is an ongoing series...it will be on going until we leave the island in the not very distant future. i would like you to see "my view of the february 14th revolution".
what did i see? traffic. a lot of snarly traffic.
at times the manama souq is off limits due to protesting...but this is what happens on a regular weekday morning...
men gather in this alley and have tea...
this area looks relatively benign before sunset. protesters have converged in this alley and thrown oil in the street and burned tires in the middle of the road. just behind the camera there is usually a civil patrol officer parked on the sidewalk. i have seen remnants of the protesters evening activities in the morning when i pass through after my school run.
just beyond this empty lot/soccer field, there is a neighborhood that is quite active in anti-government protesting. they too have round the clock civil patrol officers in the area. there have been numerous protests resulting in an abundance of tear gas. the tear gas has been known to float over to the school causing activities to be cancelled or rescheduled.
i will continue to post images from this series. it is a work in progress...so they won't come overnight. i would like to make note that i am not advocating for one side of the other. i am simply documenting my life living in bahrain during the feb 14th revolution.