Bahrain police clash with protesters near Manama

Bahrain police clash with protesters near Manama
# 30 November 2013 19:01 (UTC +04:00)

Police reportedly clashed with protesters on Saturday at a road junction in the village of Sanabis.

The protest came after the funeral procession of a 15-year-old boy who died earlier in the day at hospital of burns he had suffered in an attack "by a group of saboteurs on a construction firm's warehouse" on Friday, the Interior Ministry said.

The protesters chanted slogans against the ruling Al Khalifa regime.

Anti-regime demonstrations were also held on Thursday in the northeastern island of Sitra and in the villages of Sanabis, Daih and Musalla.

Demonstrators condemned the recent killing of a woman by regime forces in the village of A’ali, situated about three kilometers (1.8 miles) southeast of Manama.

Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, calling for political reforms and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested ever since.

Bahraini authorities have stepped up their crackdown on anti-regime activists over the past weeks.

On Wednesday, Amnesty International said the Bahraini regime “must immediately release” prominent activist Nabeel Rajab, who is the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). Rajab has been under custody at Jaw Prison in eastern Bahrain since July 9, 2012.