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» 08/18/2012
BAHRAIN
A 16-year-old killed by police
Police said he was a "terrorist" because he threw Molotov cocktails. At least 50 people have died since the Jasmine Revolution broke out against the ruling Khalifa. Activist Nabeel Rajab gets three years in prison for inciting people to take part in protests.

Manama (AsiaNews/Agencies) - A 16-year-old boy was killed by police during a demonstration last night. Husam al-Haddad died of injuries suffered after he was beaten by security forces in a confrontation late Friday evening, this according to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). When a family member retrieved the body, it was soaked in blood. The Gulf kingdom's Interior Ministry confirmed the teenager's death, whom it described as a "terrorist," saying he sustained his injuries after attacking police with Molotov cocktails.

Since February 2011, Bahrain has seen protests and demonstrations in favour of political reforms and greater freedom for the country's Shia population. The Sunni-dominated government of Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, whose family has ruled the country since 1971, has met demands with repression with the help of Saudi Special Forces. With Husam al-Haddad, the number of dead now stands at 50.

Also on Friday, dozens of protesters in the village on Sitra, south of the capital, participated in global al-Quds day protests in solidarity with the Palestinian people, with police firing tear gas to disperse demonstrators.

The events came one day after Nabeel Rajab, a prominent activist and head of the BCHR, was sentenced to three years in prison for instigating and participating in anti-government rallies.

Rajab, a Shia, has led many protests against the broad powers held by the Khalifa dynasty and has demanded they give up power. He was arrested on 6 June for insulting Sunnis on the internet.

During the month of Ramada, , Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa toured many gatherings in which he emphasised the need to end violence and start direct talks to overcome the crisis.

 


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See also
02/17/2011 BAHRAIN
Bahrain: three dead and dozens wounded. Police attack demonstrators without warning
03/16/2011 BAHRAIN
Bahrain clamps down on revolt. At least two die in Pearl square
03/22/2011 YEMEN – BAHRAIN
Yemen President Saleh warns of “Civil war” as ministers and generals abandon him
07/18/2011 SYRIA – BAHRAIN
Syria on the brink of civil war as confessional groups clash
01/09/2014 SOUTH KOREA - BAHRAIN
Seoul blocks tear gas exports to Bahrain

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