Saturday, April 21, 2012

Police Fire Tear Gas In New Bahrain Clash

Police in Bahrain have fired tear gas on protesters as they responded with petrol bombs ahead of the Gulf state's Formula One Grand Prix.

Up to 150 protesters were reported to be facing off against 50 police in jeeps during the violence in a Shiite district outside Manama.

The fresh clashes came after an anti-government protester was found dead after violence overnight ahead of Sunday's grand prix, according to the opposition party Wefaq.

Wefaq said the body of Salah Abbas Habib, 37, was found on the roof of a building in the village of Shakhoura.

It claimed Mr Habib was part of a group who were chased and "brutally" beaten by police during the clashes, late on Friday night.

Wefaq, the leading party among Bahrain's majority Shi'ite Muslim population, published a photograph of Habib's body on a corrugated iron rooftop. Read More