Bahraini Shiite Muslims hold national flags on the top of a van during the funeral of Habib Ebrahim Abdullah on January 13, 2013.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Bahraini government forces clashed with protesters on Sunday at the funeral of a demonstrator killed by teargas at a previous rally. Violent crackdowns continue as the demonstrators protest against the royal family, ruling for more than 40 years.
Scores of Bahrainis attended the funeral of the protestor Haj Habib Ibrahim Abdullah, which resulted in another demonstration against the ruling Al-Khalifa family’s regime.
Protesters shouted slogans against the regime and called for release of jailed activists. Government forces fired teargas and birdshot to disperse the crowd.
A demonstration on Sunday was held at the funeral of Abdullah, who died after inhaling poisonous teargas. He and his grandson were exposed to lethal gas fired by government forces during a peaceful anti-regime demonstration last Monday. The nine-year-old grandson is now suffering from side effects and is being treated abroad, Ahlul Bayt News Agency reports.
Abdullah and his grandson were exposed to gas during a previous peaceful demonstration which was held in Malkiya village last Monday aftertop Bahraini court overturned an appeal by 13 anti-regime activists on their sentences for protesting in 2011. Seven of the activists received life sentences, the other sentences ranged from five to 15 years in prison.
The 13 whose appeals were overturned were originally part of a group of 20 activists convicted by a military tribunal of conspiring against Bahrain’s Sunni royal family and “setting up terror groups to topple the regime.” They then lost an appeal in civilian court in September 2011. Seven chose not to appeal again.
Bahraini Police forces run to disperse protestors during clashes following the funeral of Habib Ebrahim Abdullah on January 13, 2013.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Thousands of Shiites protested against the jailing of 13 activists on charges of plotting to overthrow Bahrain’s monarchy on Saturday near Manama, witnesses said, AFP reports.
The demonstrators shouted “we will not resign ourselves to it” and “we will not forget the prisoners”, while some carried photos of the convicted. The protest was held under close supervision of police forces.
Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since February 2011, calling for an end to the Al-Khalifa family rule which continues in the country since 1974. The protesters also stand for an end to the discrimination of the state’s Shiite majority by the predominant Sunni government.
Eighty people have been killed and thousands arrested since the unrest began. Many opposition figures have been arrested on the allegation of planning to topple the government.
According to a 2011 reports by Human Rights Watch, the government regularly abuses its citizens. The abusesinclude denying defendants the right to counsel and to present a defense, denial of medical access to protesters injured by security forces, torture and ill-treatment during interrogation.
Bahraini Shiite Muslim protestors cover their faces to protect themselves from tear gas during clashes following the funeral of Habib Ebrahim Abdullah on January 13, 2013.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Bahraini Shiite Muslim protestors run towards riot police holding petrol bombs during clashes following the funeral of Habib Ebrahim Abdullah on January 13, 2013.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Bahraini Shiite Muslim women hold national flags as they take part in the funeral of Habib Ebrahim Abdullah on January 13, 2013.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)