Monday 27 March 2017

Clashes follow teen's funeral in Bahrain

A protester holding
stones stands next to a
blaze during police
clashes in the village of
Sitra, south of the capital
Manama, Bahrain.
A protester holding stones stands next to a blaze during police clashes in the village of Sitra, south of the capital Manama, Bahrain.

BAHRAINI police fired tear gas and sound grenades after hundreds of Shi'ite youths demonstrated yesterday against the death of a 15-year-old protester a day earlier in the Sunni-ruled Gulf island kingdom.

Confrontations take place almost daily in areas populated by members of the Shi'ite Muslim majority, which led anti-government protests last year.

"After the funeral, many of the mourners started protesting and the police began using tear gas and sound bombs," a resident said in the mostly Shi'ite Muslim village of Sitra, south of the capital Manama.

The opposition said earlier that Sayed Hashim Saeed, who died on Saturday, had been hit by a tear gas canister at close range. But officials said the youth's body had extensive burns which could not have been caused by a tear gas canister.

"Preliminary investigations show that the deceased was among those who took part in attacks on security forces by throwing petrol bombs," the state news agency BNA quoted a police official as saying.

A coroner's report said the youth had a neck wound which may have been fatal and that the cause of death would be investigated.

Shi'ite youths chanting slogans against Bahrain's royal family clashed with riot police across the Gulf state on Friday and Saturday. Security forces fired tear gas at them in an attempt to keep them from blocking roads.

Irish Independent

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