February 18th, 2011
11:46 PM ET
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. EMYN

    Please look carefully at the video "Peaceful protesters shot in Bahrain" and you will notice that things are not quite right on this footage. Please look at the protesters' clothes and their positions before and after the gunfire. Focus on the 2 guys wearing white and orange and then look at the guys clothes on the grounds. I personally fell for it but then realized that there is something fishy when reviewed it again and again.

    February 20, 2011 at 4:30 am |
  2. Fatima

    The government of Bahrain has used their own army against their own defenseless people!!! Only the tyrants of the World like Saddam Hussain had committed such an unbelievably despicable brutality. Right now all of the protestors, who are sitting in at the “Pearl of Liberty” Square, are expecting any time another episode of crackdowns. The Crown Prince needs more than “a call for dialogue” to have the people actualy enter into this so called “call for dialogue”. I’m just wondering if the government is actually sincere and can be trusted after all of the lies, fabrications and excessive use of force against its own people???!!!

    February 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  3. Muhammad Kidwai


    It is quite sad that US has showing a silence gesture and did not side with these Egyptians and Bahraini protesters. We keep hearing this that US always wanted democracy in Mideast but it shows the true face of United States that they are the actual supporters of these monarchy authoritarian govts in Middle East. I think America should have sided with these people of Bahrain who suffered so much under so much discrimination instead of worrying about their sixth or seventh fleet. I have not seen CNN giving so much coverage to the Bahrain protests the way they were doing for the Egyptian protests. I would like CNN to start full coverage on these protests to give these people more hope in their struggle towards democracy.


    February 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  4. Montague Kern

    Your video, from the street of Bahrein's capital, which I saw late last night, along with an explanation by your courageous woman journalist, was amazing. It did give visible evidence to a major difference between the government's claim regarding how it was dealing with the protesters, and shooting involving serious damage to the protesters, perhaps death. Keep up the good work in Bahrein, even as you perhaps spend more time covering the protests in Wisconsin, which are not as your limited coverage last night may have suggested largely about the state's budget deficit.

    February 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  5. Shuvo

    Thank you Anderson for showing us what's actually happening in Bahrain and other mid east countries dictated by oppressive regimes. We should stand up in support of the people, not the dictators.

    February 19, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  6. Gail Prentice

    My daughter is currently living in Bahrain, and everyday we talk on Skype – which is an internet site ! False reports of no internet by the media...
    Also, in Bahrain they pay no taxes, have free health care, vote, have funds given to them by the King for their weddings, free education (even if you wish a masters degree). Can someone please explain to me the meaning of freedom? Many many Bahraini's are very very happy and grateful people, it is mostly the Shiite population that are not, and these people were allowed to immigrate by the King when he opened the borders and they too enjoy the above freedoms.
    I believe their agenda not to be freedom, as what is that if not what they have? I think many of the protestors believe that to be the agenda – but the ones causing the destruction of Bahrain do not wish anything like freedom. A battle of good and evil is happening before our eyes and the world is falling for the lies that you and other news agencies are delivering. Please, why are you not also reporting the positive? Not all of the protestors are peaceful, yes most are – but 10 deaths with hundreds of people in one area... and the police are supposedly shooting everyone without cause? I would imagine the numbers would be higher if the reporting I have seen was the truth. Just ask yourself what would happen in your city if hundreds of people decided to set a camp up with tents in the middle of the busiest street (Pearl Roundabout) and blocked everyone from going to work, and from opening their business. Then at night started to torch tires, and other buildings. What would the Police do? What is also not reported is that warnings are given over and over on a loudspeaker to disperse before tear gas and rubber bullets are used.

    Why not report on how good this King is, and how very happy most Bahraini citizens are. The world imagines this to be like Iraq – when Bahrain is a paradise, filled with wonderful people who love their King and a King who loves and takes very good care of his citizens. We should all be so lucky.

    Trying to remain positive in Canada...

    February 19, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  7. Mohamed

    Keep up the good work to show the truth and world public opinion


    February 19, 2011 at 7:01 am |
  8. Heba

    Thanks to the CNN and Mr. Cooper for such interview and videos which show the real truth of what is going on Bahrain. I'm Bahraini and I'm living in Bahrain and here is the Government is commenting brutal crimes against a huge number of people who have gone out on peaceful protests and and have shouted "Peaceful! Peaceful!" The situations in Salmaniyah Medical Complex is unbelievable! Many people are seriously wounded. Yet, the doctors were prevented from healing a number of them and they were also prevented from getting close to the refrigerators where the dead bodies are kept in. Those people are innocent and they were 100% unarmed! They were shot by weapons which are Internationally forbidden! We are here in Bahrain appealing the International Communities to stop the Crimes done by the Government! Please help Bahrain!

    February 19, 2011 at 4:11 am |
  9. Ahmed

    well in my believe this is the dialogue that the Royal family in Bahrain want to have with peaceful protests ..... just keep prayer for Bahrain and people there ... no one knows what will happen

    February 19, 2011 at 3:19 am |
  10. Paul Friesen

    I have thought of you as a hero since you had the courage to be one of the first to question the competence of the Bush administration during Katrina. I thank you for your coverage of the search for freedom in Egypt.

    Now, you seem to be the only one covering the same kind of events in the rest of the middle east. Please, please, please, don't bow to pressure and keep covering this people's movement. Bahrain has such huge military contacts with America. It is due to host a Formula 1 race (each race has a larger TV audience that the Super Bowel, worldwide) in March, and the world (except America) will be watching on March 13.

    Please keep us informed, and put pressure on other, less principaled journalists, to let the public know what is happening. That is the only way we can save these people fighting for their freedom.

    February 19, 2011 at 2:34 am |
  11. Muhammad


    The Bahraini govt is deliberately trying to shoot these protesters on the head in order to cause serious skull injuries and the police which is of course not Bahraini police also cares less about these protesters. The security forces are outsiders like Yemenis, Pakistanis, Jordanians and most of all they are Sunnis which is quite dangerous because Bahrainis are not quite frank with these people. Some of these security forces do not even speak Arabic.


    February 19, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  12. Karar

    The United States must condemn these brutal acts against protestors and Obama should speak on it, just like he did for Egypt.

    February 19, 2011 at 1:40 am |
  13. zahraa

    Thank you vary much to show the world the troth
    Thank you..

    February 19, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  14. tara

    It seems to me, that that the people of these countrys are protesting for there freedom and fight for there lives. I Would hope at of all of this that we continue to show them the truth, I needs to be shared, because it effect us. Our solders from around in the work to battle the evil and nothing but hatred has been gained,, We need to stand as free nations and with in a peace full matter support them in their fight for freedom. Continue to brod cast and show the truth and report to support the freedom..
    The way I look at this, the are rising there voices and depending the freedom these countries deserve, i have them in my thought and prayers. I believe that freedom gives life, and these people are fighting for there lives, it is up to us to support them while they take a stand... I could be there to do what the reporters do, I would, if with risk to my life i believe that would be proud to show the world that fighting for freedom should never be wrong....In the future I want my son to see a world where freedom is the norm form one end of the world to another,,,,,
    Broad cast and make the world understand these people are protesting for a better tomorrow,

    February 19, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  15. abdulla

    the whole world have seen the killing of Innocent protestors, why doesn't the U.N do anything? i thought this is when they should come in to help.
    the only thing they do is sit and talk for hours and get nothing done " useless"

    February 19, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  16. Carl

    It is time to examine more closely the fact that Bahrain is the playground of Saudi Arabia. No doubt our other "democratic" ally, the House of Saud, is pressuring Bahrain to make sure none of this "liberty/democracy" nonsense spills over into their realm. Our government (which has long since stopped voicing the opinion of the people by whose "consent" it governs) continues foreign policy of "projection of power", securing the oil, and making other arrangements with despots. Our lack of support of brave people who really do want democracy, while we bomb others into "democracy" is shamefully hypocritical.

    February 19, 2011 at 12:55 am |