Funeral of Bahrain youth turns into street protest

January 1, 2012 18:15

DUBAI - Bahraini police fired tear gas and sound grenades after hundreds of Shi'ite youths demonstrated on Sunday against the death of a 15-year-old protester a day earlier in the Sunni-ruled Gulf island kingdom, residents and activists said.

Confrontations between security forces and protesters take place almost daily in areas populated by members of the Shi'ite Muslim majority, which led anti-government protests Bahrain crushed last year.

"After the funeral, many of the mourners started protesting and the police began using tear gas and sound bombs. It is still going on hours later," a resident told Reuters from the mostly Shi'ite Muslim village of Sitra, south of the capital Manama.

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