Anti-regime protests hit Manama bazaar

Anti-regime protests in Bahrain erupt on January 14, 2012 over the death of a man who had inhaled poisonous tear gas, fired by Saudi-backed Bahraini security forces.

Anti-regime protests in Bahrain over the death of a man, who had inhaled poisonous tear gas fired by Saudi-backed Bahraini security forces, have hit Manama’s bazaar.

Protests erupted on Monday in several villages near the Bahraini capital, Manama, over the killing of 88-year-old man Habib Ibrahim Abdullah.

Abdullah lost his life on Sunday after Bahraini security forces attacked a peaceful anti-regime protest and fired tear gas in Malkiya village, south of Manama. The protester’s nine-year-old grandson was also injured in the incident.

Last year, Amnesty International warned about the Bahraini regime’s use of tear gas against protesters and called for an investigation into the tear gas-related deaths.

The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011. Manama promptly launched a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power.

On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates marched into the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on the peaceful protesters.

Scores have been killed, many of them under torture while in custody, and thousands more detained since the popular uprising in Bahrain began.

Protesters say they will continue holding anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to rights violations are met.

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