Follow News Of Live Shooting In Bahrain On Al Jazeera

Tyler Durden's picture

The situation in Bahrain is now critical, with live fire raining (literally: the army is shooting from helicopters on citizens and journalists) on protesters, resulting in dozens killed, even as Libya (9th largest crude reserves in the world) is rumored to be in a comparable situation. The countdown on Saudi Arabia is now on. Watch the latest development at Al Jazeera which is now broadcasting live from Manama.

And from the New York Times:

Government forces opened fire on hundreds of mourners marching toward
Pearl Square Friday, sending people running away in panic amid the boom
of concussion grenades.

A Western official quoted a witness saying that the shooters were from
the military, not the police, and that protesters began dropping to the
ground after the firing started.

It was not immediately clear if the army was using live ammunition or
rubber bullets to fire at the crowd, mostly young men who had been part
of a funeral procession for protesters killed earlier in a crackdown by
police on their peaceful revolt against the government.

Minutes later, forces in a helicopter fired on a reporter and
videographer who were shooting a video on the latest violence.

That earlier crackdown killed at least five people and, once again,
left the Obama administration in the uncomfortable position of dealing
with a strategic Arab ally locked in a showdown with its people.

On Thursday, the masses of once-peaceful protesters were transformed
into a mob of angry mourners chanting slogans like “death to Khalifa,”
the king, while the opposition withdrew from the Parliament and demanded
that the government step down. At the main hospital following the
violence, thousands gathered screaming, crying and collapsing in grief.

On Friday, the funerals created a potential new flashpoint as mourners
chanted antigovernment slogans. In the village of Sitra, south of
Manama, a crowd of thousands accompanied the coffins of Ali Mansour
Ahmed Khudair, 53, and Mahmoud Makki Abutaki, 22, both killed by
shotgun fire on Thursday.

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AN0NYM0US's picture

The countdown on Saudi Arabia is now on.



which is why there is live fire in Bahrain, that is where it will be stopped

Ragnarok's picture

Bahrain is the cum dumpster of rich Saudis from Riyadh who can't get enough of Russian hookers.

AN0NYM0US's picture

keep in mind this likely more a Sunni/Shi'te faceoff than democracy now and there is always the lesson of Tiananmen Square not to mention China's interest in the region but my wording should have been "try and stop"

caconhma's picture

America zionist regime of Bush, Clinton, and Obama & Ben Shalom Bernanke are absolutely incompetent. Their idea of a world central government running by zionist bankers is a sick lunacy. Consequently, we are witnessing worldwide instability and revolutions.

The present Obama regime objectives to destabilize the nuclear-armed Pakistan will result in a nuclear holocaust.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

So you are saying Muslims will use nukes, even though the US an the Soviets managed to spare the world.

Not really a sign of muslim humanitarianism, if you ask me.

Downright un-neighborly to be destroying the Earth like that.

SteveNYC's picture

You are right. The more they fire on the people, the more hatred they will breed. These dumb fucks are toppling themselves, and it is going to be very, very ugly and violent unfortunately. Fools.

DosZap's picture

Want to screw up your rulers, and country, and end up with a Dictator?, keep this up.

Get the populace hating you more, and you will go down.I guarantee it.

Same here, start beating,and shooting civies, and every uniformed LE will be in street clothes. or targets,or worse.

jus_lite_reading's picture

I would not be shocked to see some trigger happy cops in the good old US of SA doing the exact same thing if not worse when things turn ugly here.

Gully Foyle's picture


I remember someone on MSNBC, I think, just before the invasion of Iraq pointing out how the Middle East would fall like dominoes. That the locals would rise up and toss out their governments.

Guess he was right.

Buck Johnson's picture

You are correct about the live fire, they are doing this (I didn't know the monarch of Bahrain uses mercenaries in it's police and forces, Pakistani, Indian, Jordanian etc.) to make sure this doesn't come over to Saudi Arabia.  Believe it or not they are only a 25 km distance away via the King Fahd Causeway connecting Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.  If you look at the statistics, 47% of the 18.5 million individuals living in Saudi Arabia is under 18, and 40% of the population lives in poverty and has no access to education and aren't employable.  Much of the issue is the fact that 90% of the workers who are hired are hired from abroad and are Sunni.  So Saudi Arabia has alot of issues with high youth unemployment and also Sunni exclusivity to jobs that may go to Shia or uneducated/poor Sunni.

Azannoth's picture

I wonder if the this police tank in the picture has a 'Serve and Protect' line ?

jus_lite_reading's picture

I was thinking the same exact thing.

Gully Foyle's picture


"I wonder if the this police tank in the picture has a 'Serve and Protect' line ?"

Rapists with a Badge

by Paula Parmeley Carter, Cop Block

According to the 3rd Quarter Report of The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project, police officers committed sexual assaults at a rate of 79 per 100,000 law enforcement personal.  That rate is over two times the rate of the general public (28.7 per 100,000).  The fact that rapists seem to be concentrated among a group of armed individuals who have the purported authority to detain and arrest other individuals, should be more than a little alarming for even the most prolific bootlicker.  In just the last month several stories of officers committing disgusting crimes have been in the news.

StychoKiller's picture

More like "Punish and enslave!"  (reference Barricade in the 1st Transformers movie)

Ragnarok's picture

Morons, they should have splurged for some LRADS.

Amabo Kcarab's picture

Blythe needs a distraction.

Well here it is.

Sizzurp's picture

Live fire ? Damn these boys ain't messing around.

Arch Duke Ferdinand's picture

War will break out between Saudi Arabia vs Iran....Shiite vs Suni

....Unfortunately....Is Easy to see this coming.

Why "War is merely the continuation of politics by other means.".......

Sizzurp's picture

Live fire ? Damn these boys ain't messing around.

SheepDog-One's picture

People already forget that over 500 people were killed in the Egypt riots? No these protestors are not messing around and the same is coming here to the US as well with lots of firearms.

Alienated Serf's picture

all our dominoes are falling in the middle east.  even though they don't directly border on us like the eastern bloc did with the USSR, they are still our satellites.  the empire is starting to crumble...

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Don't forget all the govt. sponsored fractures in society based on victimology.

It'll be a crazy mess, before the sides get ironed out.

Alienated Serf's picture

rulers have been using divide and conquer and "external threats" to control the sheeple for thousands of years...

Orly's picture

But we've had the Internet for only a decade.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Ah but orly, who controls (or shoudl that be con-trolls) the internet?

it is as free as it is because it is very much a part of the simulations. When it is done, you'll be down to beign allowed to access it through 2 points, Google or Facebook. 

Possible, ne? I can see it happening. Also, the sharper tacks number 1 in 10,000 even on the net's esoteric, educative, thought inducing places.

And seeing the ME, what will happen in india when long simmering societal tensions are allowed to explode boggles the mind. Ugh! So damn un-necssary.


Orly's picture

Not exactly true, ORI.  (And may I say I appreciate your contribution here.  Your perspective is very helpful...)

Talking to another poster, CPL, there is nothing they can do to shut down the actual Internet, unless they wanted to completely stifle their own commerce at the same time.  Anything on-line leaves four holes open in their network no matter what.  It is always possible to sneak through those holes.

(This is all my take-away from what CPL said, not his words...)


I feel for the people of India.  What a lovely people you are.  Unfortunately, it looks like blood is going to be spilled everywhere, including Mumbai.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Orly, the appreciation appreciated and returned.

WRT the internet,In the end, in their current forms, most current governments control the critical infrastructure for their nations. Power, telecommunications, band-width access, nodal points for data tx/rx...the rest of it.
They can, if they choose, cause enough disruption in the fabric to cause it to splinter. Think Google going down for a week, no gmail for one week. It is an NSA company after all. Or facebook. Or trading system hack.
So, may not go blink, but can make people go crazy. Hijacking people's identities is so easy, I hear. Think about the potential for that on a large scale.

This medium is extremely vulnerable, I feel.


Rodent Freikorps's picture

Heh. It is when they go after "internal threats" that it gets vicious.

alien-IQ's picture

A few moments ago they quoted a doctor in the Hospital saying that it appears most of the victims had been shot in the head.

Gully Foyle's picture


"A few moments ago they quoted a doctor in the Hospital saying that it appears most of the victims had been shot in the head."

According to Hackworth that would be the result of children playing video games.

jobs1234's picture


The last time they had rioting on CNBC it caused a selloff. But not in the February Bernanke Put market.

Short of Blythe opening "live fire" on Kevin Sack I think we will never go down again.

nonclaim's picture

This is options expiration Friday... the blinders are on and nothing else matters.

dick cheneys ghost's picture

the saudi's are behind this and the 5th fleet is behind the saudi's.

the GCC nations had strong words for rioters in bahrain.


Dr. Engali's picture

Coming to a country near you.

born2bmild's picture

We're (in the US) starting with the nerf version,  classic video of former CIA analyst being dragged out of Hillary Clinton's press conference about free speech in the ME:

williambanzai7's picture

Where's Abdullah?


SheepDog-One's picture

Where is Abdullah? Need more time to clone another one.

Ted K's picture

Mud wrestling, cage match to the death with Bin Laden.

Orly's picture

It will come out that, ironically, he died the same day Mubarak left (and probably died the same day as King Abdullah...).

Crazy freakin' world.