Bahraini forces attack funeral ceremony for woman killed by tear gas
Witnesses say security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at mourners after they started chanting slogans against the ruling Al Khalifa family on Sunday.
The protesters were mourning the death of Aminah al-Sayyed Mahdi, 35, who died on Friday, a month after inhaling toxic tear gas fired by Bahrain troops at an anti-regime rally in Abu Saiba.
Scores of Bahrainis, including children, have died due to asphyxia after inhaling poisonous tear gas fired by Bahraini forces. Last year, Amnesty International warned about the Bahraini regime’s misuse of tear gas against protesters and has called for an investigation into the tear gas-related deaths.
Her funeral comes a day after hundreds of Bahrainis took to the streets in the village of Daih for the funeral of the 16-years-old Hussein al-Jaziri, who was shot dead by Bahraini forces on Thursday.
Regime forces also fired tear gas and stun grenades at people mourning Jaziri’s death on Saturday.
Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, demanding political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.
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.
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