Clashes at Bahrain protester's funeral

Police used teargas to break up the funeral procession of a protester killed in clashes on an anti-government "Day of Rage", witnesses said.

Clashes at Bahrain protester's funeral

 

Police in Bahrain used teargas to break up the funeral procession of a protester killed in clashes on an anti-government "Day of Rage", witnesses said on Tuesday, and another person was reported to have died.

The 22-year-old protester was shot and killed on Monday in clashes in the village of Daih.

Shi'ites accounting for 70 per cent of Bahrain's population have often alleged discrimination at the hands of the kingdom's Sunni rulers.

"They were dispersed with teargas close to the hospital and then gathered again," Ibrahim Mattar, a member of parliament from the Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq, told Reuters.

Mattar said a second protester had died on Tuesday but that it was not clear whether he was killed on Tuesday or died of wounds sustained during Monday's protests. Arab satellite television channel Al Jazeera reported he was killed in clashes at the funeral procession.

Bahrain's Ministry of Interior said on Twitter it had offered condolences to the family of the protester killed on Monday and would take legal action if the use of force was found to be unjustified.

Bahrain offered cash payouts in the run-up to the "Day of Rage" protest on Feb. 14, a move appeared aimed at preventing discontent from boiling over into Egyptian- and Tunisian-style "people power" revolts.

Agencies

 

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