MANAMA - Thousands of Bahraini Shi'ites clashed with security forces on Friday during the funeral of a man opposition group Wefaq said died after a police assault, witnesses said.
Ali al-Daihi, father of Wefaq's deputy secretary general Hussein al-Daihi, died on Thursday from wounds he suffered a day earlier when he was attacked by riot police, the group said on its website. The government said he died of natural causes.
Demonstrators clashed with police after Daihi's body was buried, a Reuters photographer said, adding Shi'ite protesters chanted anti-government slogans. Police fired tear gas at the demonstrators. No casualties were reported.
Bahrain's Sunni ruling family brought in troops from Sunni allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates earlier this year to help crush a protest movement they said was fomented by Iran and had Shi'ite sectarian motives.