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Bahrainis hold funeral ceremony for protester

Bahraini-protestersBahraini people have taken to the streets to hold a funeral ceremony for a protester killed by the Al Khalifa regime in April.

The Bahrainis participated in the procession which was held for Abd al-Aziz al-Abbar in the village of Sanabis, west of the capital Manama on Sunday.

The funeral procession was reportedly organized despite heavy police presence in the area.

Bahraini regime authorities have refused to issue a death certificate for Abbar and hand over his body to his family in order not to mention the real cause of his death.

Abbar, 27, died on April 18, after 55 days in a 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. According to Bahrain’s Center for Human Rights, security forces had fired teargas canisters and birdshots at Abbar.

The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Bahrain’s main opposition group, has 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 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 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.

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