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Bahraini police fires tear gas at protestors

Bahrain-teargasshellingBahraini security forces have used tear gas against protesters demanding the release of the body of a young man killed by the Al Khalifa regime.

The Saudi-backed security forces attacked the demonstrators in the northeastern village of Ma’ameer on Saturday.

Bahraini regime authorities have refused to hand o ver the body of Abdel-Aziz al-Abbar to his family.

Abbar, 27, died on April 18, after 55 days in coma due to injuries he suffered during crackdown on a rally held in late February in Sa’ar, a residential area west of the capital Manama.

According to Bahrain’s Center for Human Rights, security forces had fired teargas canisters and birdshots at Abbar.

Last Sunday, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Bahrain’s main opposition group, issued a statement condemning the regime’s move.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling on the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

In March 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were called in to help Manama quash the anti-regime protests.

Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

On June 10, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) censured the Manama regime for human rights violations in Bahrain. A total of 46 members of the international body expressed deep concern over the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on peaceful protesters.

In May, distinguished Bahraini cleric and scholar Ayatollah Isa Qassim blasted the choice of Bahrain as the headquarters of Arab human rights court, describing the Bahraini state under the Al Khalifa dynasty as “human rights graveyard.”

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