World Bulletin / News Desk
Protesters pelted police with petrol bombs and stones in clashes that broke out in Bahrain on Tuesday night at the funeral for a teenage demonstrator killed last week in a new bout of unrest in the U.S.-allied Gulf state.
Police arrested eight protesters, the government said. The opposition accused the security forces of provoking the violence by firing tear gas.
The violence broke out the funeral of 16-year-old Hussam al-Haddad, who was killed on Friday by police gunfire.
"A group of rioters bombarded police with Molotov cocktails and stones from the roof of a religious centre," a government statement said.
"Another group attempted to block several roads, while still others began an illegal rally on a busy road," it said, adding that eight people had been arrested.
The main opposition Wefaq party said riot police started the violence by firing tear gas at those mourning Haddad.
"Many injuries were reported as the regime forces opened fire at mourners," Wefaq said. "As usual, the regime forces backed the militias who took part in attacking the mourners."
Authorities issue permits for protests but have not granted any since June. Wefaq and witnesses said police set up roadblocks to prevent people attending the funeral, which was held on the island of al-Muharraq.
The disturbances followed the arrest of 11 people on Monday evening during clashes with riot police in the capital Manama and Hamad Town.
Opposition activists said Haddad was also beaten by plainclothes agents. The Interior Ministry said the death resulted from police reacting in self-defence to a petrol bomb attack on a patrol.
Haddad's death was the first in the unrest since April, when a man was found on a rooftop covered in shotgun pellet wounds after clashes with police the night before.
Bahraini authorities say more than 700 police officers have been hurt in clashes and that the police, who have not used live fire, have been exercising restraint. Opposition activists say the police are anything but restrained.
The opposition's central demand is for the elected parliament to have full powers to legislate and form governments.
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has approved constitutional reforms that give the assembly more powers of scrutiny over ministers and budgets.
The government and political parties have held low-key, inconclusive talks on how to end the turmoil.Last Mod: 22 Ağustos 2012, 17:25