For weeks, many Bahraini Twitter users used the hashtag #LuluReturn to demand going back to Pearl Square, where their massive February protests took place. The Bahraini regime shocked the world in March by demolishing the pearl monument in the square, which is actually a roundabout, as if to erase the rebellious memory attached to it. This resulted a counter-reaction that sees many Bahrainis more attached to the monument as a symbol of their struggle against a regime that discriminates against its Shia majority.
On the eve of the election, conducted to fill 18 seats vacated by the opposition Al Wefaq Society when they resigned in protest against the killing of protesters, Bahrainis from different areas decided to walk to the square this Saturday only to be faced with riot police using rubber bullets and tear gas against them. Netizens have reported some arrests and several protesters getting beaten, including some women. The village of Sanabis, which is close to the square, was the center of clashes between protesters and riot police.
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