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Protests defy police in Bahrain

Issue No. 2296

Thousands of protesters converged on Bahrain’s capital Manama on Friday of last week over a year after an uprising began there.

Many women took part in the protests as police fired tear gas and drove armoured vehicles at the crowds.

But protesters taunted police and threw rocks, petrol bombs and tear gas canisters back towards their lines.

The protests took place on the same day as the funeral of 59 year old Abda Ali Abdul Hussein. She died the previous night after her home was tear gassed.

Abda’s brother said, “I consider her a victim of the clashes.”

The official opposition Wefaq was licensed to hold ten protests on the same day. These too showed the frustration of young people who form the majority of the street based pro-democracy movement.

Many of them are organised into the 14 February Youth Coalition, a movement formed last year. It says it wants the overthrow of the Al Khalifa family, which dominates Bahrain’s government and economy.

They broke away from one of the official protests, ignoring Wefaq organisers.

In the Budaiya district of Manama, young people pulled down a lamppost thought to carry a security camera facing a popular coffee shop.

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Tue 27 Mar 2012, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2296
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