According to an eye-witness report, a crowd which could have been as large as 300,000 people attended a pro-Government rally in Bahrain on Monday 21st February 2011, in response to the political upheaval which has been taking place in the Kingdom over the past several days.
The crowd were out to support the King of Bahrain, Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, who has come in for criticism in particular over the handling of protests centring around the Pearl roundabout.
Fatima Salahuddin, a Bahraini national, told The Global Herald:
“Today, the silent majority has finally spoken on behalf of Bahrain.
300,000 people came out in support of the king and his government.
Many speeches were given today but all had a sole purpose.
The ultimate goal was for the king and his government to stay on and for
The reforms consisted of:
- change in the constitution
- release of all political prisoners
- eliminate corruption
- better housing and wages.
At the end of the day, people want the government to stay intact”
A photograph (above, right) provided by Ms Salahuddin demonstrates a large number of attendees at the rally, which took place at the Fateh mosque. The precise number in attendance is unverified.