One year on, their demands for reform remain unmet.
Yet Bahrain’s pro-democracy demonstrators are still calling for political, social and economic change in the Gulf state, whatever danger it puts them in.
More than 120 protesters have been wounded in clashes with police this week, according to activists.
A major security clampdown is in place in and around the capital Manama as unrest marked the first anniversary of the failed 2011 uprising.
A year after that revolt was crushed with the help of Saudi troops, one opposition activist described the latest scenes of violence to euronews.
“The security forces threw a protester from the top of a building in Manama,” said Mohammed Al-Maskati, President of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, speaking from the capital. “A lot of people were injured. We tried to bring the wounded to state hospitals, but they were afraid of being arrested again. So, we treated them in private houses.”
The presence of armoured vehicles in Manama
highlights the Sunni Muslim monarchy’s fears of more civil unrest by the disgruntled Shi’ite majority.
Despite at least 35 deaths at the height of last year’s revolt and an iron fist response in recent days, activists are calling for more demonstrations.