Mourners pray during a Bahraini funeral. (file photo)
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have clashed with anti-government protesters at the funeral of a demonstrator, killed by regime forces near Manama.
The clashes broke out on Sunday after Bahraini security forces fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse peaceful protesters, who had attended the funeral of Haj Habib Ibrahim Abdullah.
Abdullah died earlier in the day after inhaling poisonous teargas, fired at a peaceful anti-regime protest in the Malkiya village. The protester’s nine-year-old grandson was also injured in the incident.
The protesters called for the release of all jailed activists and demanded that King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa step down.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on the peaceful protesters.
According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested.
Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have “evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police” in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.