Video of the violence, as soon as this started a early mass flood of pro-government tweets ended. Was it a planned disinformation campaign by the Bahrain State?
There were also reports of dozens of armoured vehicles moving towards the Pearl Roundabout, the protest site that was raided by the riot police.
Heavily-armed police stormed the traffic circle while the protesters camped overnight and were asleep.
Speaking to Al Jazeera from Salmaniya hospital, the main medical facility in Manama, Maryama Alkawaka of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said that she saw dozens of injured demonstrators being wheeled into emergency rooms early on Thursday morning.
Clearly what happened was, faced with the growing popularity of the protests, the Regime first sent in the trolls and then called back the trolls and sent in the troops.
This is a sad new chapter of the development of social networks. Clearly the Regime in Bahrain has tried to do to Twitter and YouTube what Mubarak tried to do on the streets of Cairo. A large group of organized troll accounts were created by the government. They then flooded twitter with a disinformation campaign. Given the intensity of this campaign just before the Regime launched its violent attacks we can only conclude that the Bahrain Troll Attack was planned to support and prepare the way for the big violent attack. Once violence broke out the Troll Army vanished as suddenly as it had emerged.
- Troll Army used very high quality avatar images, generally with attractive models.
- Troll Army emerges and vanishes very quickly and in mass
- Troll Army make appeals to vague concepts like family, order, and economic prosperity
- Troll Army will imply that the opposition is violent