Protesters and police clash in Bahrain
Bahraini police firing teargas and birdshot have clashed with stone-throwing protesters in a village west of the capital after the funeral of a young man who died in custody, witnesses said.
The violence on Sunday followed the death of Fadhel Abbas, and threatened to sour a new attempt to restart negotiations between Bahrain’s government and opposition groups.
Police said Abbas was detained on January 8 on suspicion of smuggling weapons and explosives and died late on Saturday. The force’s statement, released on Sunday, said he was shot in a car while attempting to run over police who were trying to arrest him. Another person in the vehicle was in police custody, it added.
The main opposition, Wefaq said Abbas was hit with live ammunition in the village of Markh, near the capital, Manama.
His family received no information about him or his whereabouts until his death was confirmed Sunday, Wefaq spokesman Hadi al Musawi said – a report the government denied.