Thousands marched in Sitra, near the Bahraini capital of Manama, during the funeral of a 14-year old boy killed by the police on Wednesday. The killing of the young boy, Ali Jawad Ahmad, has outraged many people throughout Bahrain. He was killed after being struck in the head by a police tear gas canister fired directly at a crowd of anti-government protesters.
In the capital late Wednesday and early today, angry protesters clashed with security forces as they tried to retake a central square that had been the center of protests in the spring.
Amnesty International condemned the killing and the excessive use of force by the police.
“This tragic death occurred during a peaceful protest where police appear to have used excessive force against people demonstrating against the government,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa. “The police have a duty to uphold the law, but it is completely unacceptable to throw heavy gas canisters at children.”