Agence France Presse
Published — Friday 15 February 2013
Last update 14 February 2013 9:15 pm
MANAMA: A teenager was shot dead near Bahrain’s capital yesterday as clashes erupted when hundreds took to the streets to mark the second anniversary of an uprising.
The demonstrations, staged early morning in villages across the Gulf archipelago, turned violent when police fired shotguns and tear gas to disperse the crowds, wounding several people, witnesses said. Protesters, chanting responded by hurling petrol bombs at the security forces, they said, and a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed during the confrontation, according to the opposition.
On the eve of the anniversary, the opposition held a new round of reconciliation talks with the government and its supporters, although there was still no sign of a breakthrough.
The opposition identified the slain teenager as Hussein Al-Jaziri, saying he had been killed in the village of Daih near the capital Manama.
The Interior Ministry said that “a wounded person who was brought to Al-Salmaniya hospital was pronounced dead.”
Public security chief Maj. Gen. Tariq Al-Hassan had warned late on Wednesday that “those who engage in any type of illegal behavior will be dealt with swiftly.” But demonstrations took off in the villages of Barbar, Bilad Al-Qadim, and Sitra.