Bahraini regime forces attack protesters

Bahraini forces attack protestors during clashes following the funeral of Habib Ebrahim Abdullah on January 13, 2013 in the village of Malikiyah, south of Manama.

Saudi-backed Bahraini forces fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters angry over the death of a man who had inhaled poisonous tear gas fired by regime forces.

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

Abdullah died on Sunday after inhaling poisonous tear gas, fired at a peaceful anti-regime protest in the Malkiya village. The protester’s nine-year-old grandson was also injured in the incident.

Meanwhile in the eastern town of Sitra, riot police attacked protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets, injuring several people.

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.

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 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.