Thousands march at Bahrain teenager's funeral

September 1, 2011 18:04

DUBAI - Thousands of Bahrainis chanted slogans against the Gulf state's king on Thursday at a funeral of a teenager who rights groups say died after being hit by a tear gas canister fired by police.

About 10,000 marched at the funeral of Ali Jawad Ahmad, 14, calling for the overthrow of King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and the royal family in the small island state which crushed a pro-democracy movement earlier this year, a Reuters witness said.

The marchers, many of them in tears, shouted "Down with Hamad" and "Death to al-Khalifa" as they carried the Shi'ite boy's body from his family's home to a cemetery, the witness said.

The crowd dispersed peacefully and there were no clashes with police forces.

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