Bahrain troops shoot at protesters: ex MP

Thousands attend Bahrain protest funerals

February 18, 2011
Thousands of people have attended the funerals of those killed in yesterday’s security crackdown in Bahrain. At least four people died and more than 230 others were wounded when riot police drove activists from a makeshift camp in Pearl Square in the centre of the capital Manama. Earlier, in the village of Sintra, where some of the victims’ funerals were held, the anger against the level of force used by authorities was palpable.
MANAMA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Bahraini troops shot at protesters near Pearl Square on Friday and wounded many, a former Shi’ite lawmaker said, a day after police forcibly cleared a protest camp from the traffic circle in Manama.

Jalal Firooz, of the Wefaq bloc that resigned from parliament on Thursday, said demonstrators had been elsewhere in the city, marking the death of a protester killed earlier this week when riot police had fired tear gas at them.

The demonstrators then made for Pearl Square, where army troops who took it over after the police raid on Thursday, opened fire, he said. “There are many casualties, some are critical,” Firooz added.

Police had no immediate comment.

Four people were killed and 231 wounded when riot police raided the protest camp in the early hours of Thursday, when most of the demonstrators were sleeping.

Soldiers in tanks and armored vehicles later took control of the square, which mainly Shi’ite protesters had hoped to use as a base similar to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the heart of protests that toppled Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak last week.

(Reporting by Cynthia Johnston, writing by Alistair Lyon; editing by David Stamp)

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