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Thousands of Bahrainis hold funeral for martyr ‘Haj Mahdi Ali Marhun’

martyr- Haj-MahdiPeople in Bahrain have held a funeral procession for Haj Mahdi Ali Marhun, who martyred due to inhalation of tear gas fired into his house by Saudi-backed regime forces.

The funeral for Ali Marhun, who spent the last two months of his life in hospital after the attack, was held in the village of Ma’ameer on Wednesday.

In Bahrain, many have died after regime forces fired poisonous tear gas into their homes to crush anti-regime protests.

Meanwhile, in other parts of the country people took to streets to express solidarity with five imprisoned medics on hunger strike.

The medics, who have been in prison since early October, went on hunger strike on Sunday to urge international efforts for their release.

The Bahraini revolution began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular revolutions that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive demonstrations.

The Bahraini government promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring Persian Gulf states.

95 people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries.

A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used excessive force in the crackdown and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.

The protesters say they will continue holding anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.

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