Bahrein clashes after protest deaths

 Khalifa bin Abdallah al-Khalifa

Lt. General Khalifa bin Abdallah al-Khalifa, Minister of Interior

The demonstrations in Bahrain on February 15, a public holiday marking the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, drew thousands of people who followed the body of the protester slain on Monday, Ali Mushaima, from a hospital morgue to his home outside Manama to be prepared for burial.

Mourners chanted slogans demanding the ouster of the ruling elite, echoing calls in Tunisia and Egypt.

The police first sought to block the funeral, firing tear gas at the crowd. In the skirmishing that followed, the second protester was shot dead.

The bloodshed prompted the Wefaq National Islamic Society, the largest Shiite opposition bloc in Parliament, to announce to mourners that it was suspending its membership. But it did not rule out a return.

“This is the first step; we want to see dialogue,” Ibrahim Mattar, a Shiite member of Parliament, told Reuters. “In the coming days, we are either going to resign from the council or continue.”

News reports said the second protester to die was Fadhel Salman Matrook. According to the police, mourners and police officers clashed when a police vehicle broke down and three others carried officers to its rescue. He was wounded and died later in the hospital, Reuters reported.

Many of the clashes Monday and Tuesday were in small Shiite villages on the outskirts of Manama, the capital, places with narrow streets and alleyways. Shiites say they face systemic discrimination in employment, housing, education and government. Young people said they mostly wanted jobs and a chance at a better life.


About huecri

Publishing on the Web is a fairly iterative process. ...NYT ...Not too long ago, reporters were the guardians of scarce facts delivered at an appointed time to a passive audience. Today we are the managers of an overabundance of information and content, discovered, verified and delivered in partnership with active communities. summer 2012 issue of Nieman Reports from Harvard, --- THE FIX by Chris Cillizza, WAPO blogger, quoting Matt Drudge: “We have entered an era vibrating with the din of small voices,” he said in the speech. “Every citizen can be a reporter.” Later, he added: “The Net gives as much voice to a 13 year old computer geek like me as to a CEO or Speaker of the House. "
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s