Bahraini forces attack anti-regime protesters

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Saturday, 21 February 2015

Bahraini security forces have attacked pro-democracy protesters during a funeral ceremony for one of the victims of the regime's crackdown in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

On Friday, the regime forces launched another heavy-handed crackdown on demonstrators who had taken to the streets in the west of the capital, Manama, to honor Sayyed Mohammed Kadhem.

Several people were injured after the Al Khalifa forces fired teargas and birdshots to disperse the protesters.

The massive rally was held when the 62-year-old was announced dead after a month in hospital.

Kadhem slipped into a coma after he was poisoned by teargas in a demonstration early January in the capital city of Manama.

The death of Kadhem brings the total number of people killed by government forces over four years of peaceful protests in the Arab country to over 90.

Bahraini security forces also attacked a candlelight vigil held to commemorate slain activist Abdul Reza Bu-Hamid, who was killed during a demonstration in Manama’s iconic pearl square two years ago.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has also blasted Manama for the deadly use of the canisters, saying the regime has "repeatedly used teargas disproportionately and sometimes unlawfully in suppressing anti-government demonstrations."

Protests began in Bahrain in 2011 against the Western-backed family of Al Khalifa, who have ruled the tiny Persian Gulf Kingdom under a monarchy system for decades.

The regime’s crackdown on peaceful protests has been intensified over the past months since the arrest of top opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman last December. Protesters have been calling for the release of Sheikh Salman and other political prisoners.

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