DUBAI - Bahraini security forces beat a prominent human rights activist during a confrontation after a protest march on Friday, opposition activists said.
They said several security officers threw Nabeel Rajab to the ground and beat him on the head, neck and back. He was taken to hospital with injuries but it was not immediately clear whether he had been detained, a lawyer who spoke to Rajab said.
Bahrain's Interior Ministry immediately denied those accounts, saying on its Twitter feed that police found Rajab, head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, "lying on the ground" and took him to hospital for treatment.
It earlier warned the protest march, organized by the Sunni-led kingdom's largest opposition grouping, was illegal and said "legal procedures will be taken against violators".