Numerous Bahraini protesters have been wounded by birdshots fired by Al Khalifa regime forces during an anti-government demonstration in the capital, Manama.
According to Al-Alam, the protesters had staged a new protest rally on Sunday to slam the Bahraini Interior Ministry for refusing to hand over the body of a dead protester, Abulaziz al-Abbar.
Al-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 Manama. According to Bahrain’s Center for Human Rights, security forces had fired tear gas canisters and birdshots at Abbar.
On May 1, the country’s main opposition party al-Wefaq National Islamic Society said that the Manama regime had “misused” the state security forces in favor of “narrow political and sectarian interests” amid the kingdom’s political crisis.
Inmates escape detention center
Meanwhile, Bahraini authorities on Monday announced the escape of three inmates from a prison on an island east of Manama, in the second such incident in a fortnight.
Activists said the three were being held for their involvement in protests, according to the Gulf News.
“Security procedures are being taken to arrest three detainees who escaped from the Dry Dock Detention Centre”, the ministry announced in a statement on Twitter.
Witnesses said several police patrols had been deployed along roads leading to the detention center, located on Muharraq, the second largest island in the archipelago.
Two inmates escaped last month from Jau in southwestern Bahrain, the kingdom’s main jail, and were later recaptured at a house in the village of Saar with others “wanted in security cases”, according to the ministry.
The incident prompted the dismissal of the kingdom’s prison chief.
Scores of activists have been arrested, tried and jailed since the government put down the 2011 unrest, which was inspired by Arab Spring protests.
Protesters are frequently detained for taking part in unauthorized demonstrations and clashing with security forces in villages.
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.
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