Bahrainis mourn death of teenager

Bahrainis mourn death of teenager
Wed Aug 14, 2013 09:05:04

Hundreds of people in Bahrain hold a protest rally to mourn for a young boy died of inhaling toxic teargas used by Saudi-backed regime forces.

The protests were held in and around the capital Manama on Tuesday as Bahraini security forces began a pre-emptive crackdown ahead of Wednesday’s nationwide anti-regime protests.

Ten-year-old Ali Jaffar Habib is the latest victim of the Bahraini regime’s brutal crackdown on the protests.

The boy had inhaled poisonous gas earlier this year. His grandfather Haji Habib was killed on the same day the boy was exposed to toxic gasses.

On Saturday, Bahrainis held a massive funeral procession for the young boy. Habib died after developing cancer due to the inhalation, according to his family.

A large number of people joined the procession that started from the town of al-Malikiyah to his resting place.

Scores of Bahraini civilians, mostly senior citizens and kids, have died due to the misuse of teargas against protesters by regime forces.

Last year, Amnesty International warned about the Bahraini regime's misuse of teargas against protesters and called for an investigation into the tear gas-related deaths.

Bahrainis have been staging anti-regime demonstrations since mid-February 2011, demanding political reforms 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 is met.

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