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Bahrain police, Shias clash at jailed youth's funeral

AFP , Friday 28 Feb 2014
A protester throws a tear gas canister back at riot police during clashes taking place during a protest over the death of detainee Jaffar Mohammed Jaffar at a hospital, ahead of his funeral in the village of Daih, west of Manama, February 27, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Bahraini police and demonstrators clashed Friday during the funeral of a jailed Shia youth who the authorities say died of natural causes and whose family said had been tortured, witnesses said.

Bahrain has suffered from chronic, often deadly, violence since the authorities brutally suppressed an Arab Spring-inspired movement in 2011 calling for a constitutional monarchy.

The demonstrators near the capital Manama hurled rocks at police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades, the sources said.

At the same time, the interior ministry said on Twitter that Molotov cocktails had been thrown at security forces, but gave no details.

On Wednesday, the authorities said that the youth had died of natural causes after being hospitalised with a chronic illness.

But his family, and the main Sha opposition movement in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom, said he had been tortured while in custody.

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