Video: Bahrain Destroys Iconic Pearl Monument
The embattled government of Bahrain has destroyed one of the most iconic images of the nation -- the Pearl Monument.
The monument has become the backdrop of the recent anti-government protests. But on Friday it sent bulldozers in to undermine the foundation and knock it down.
MSNBC reports that Bahrain's foreign minister, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, told reporters that the army brought down the monument because "it was a bad memory."
"We are not waging war, we are restoring law and order," Khalid said at a news conference.
The 300-foor tower was erected in 1982 to mark a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the first time the nation had hosted the meeting. The six "sails" marked the group's six-member nations, and the pearl symbolized Bahrain's long history of pearl cultivation.
Watch it come down: