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Fri 19 Dec 2008 11:31 PM

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Bahraini police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesters

Witnesses say several people injured as police quell protest over Gaza blockade, AP reports.

Bahraini police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to quell thousands of protesters calling for action from Arab governments to end Israel's blockage of the Gaza Strip, newswire AP reported late on Friday.

Citing witnesses at the scene, AP said several people, including women and children, were injured by rubber bullets, while others suffered gas inhalation.

More than 10,000 people attended Friday's rally, the newswire said, citing opposition leader Ibraheem Sharif.

Bahrain's Interior Ministry denied rubber bullets were used, but said tear gas was fired when protesters started throwing stones at security forces and destroying public property, AP said.

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Salim ALSuwaidi 11 years ago

Okay I do get the idea of anger and things should stop. But whats with throwing stones on securities and destroying public properties. I think this is a very silly act, a protest can go much better and smoother than an act like that. It wasn't mentioned what the nationalities of these protesters were to get a clear image of what's going on too.

أبو أنس 11 years ago

would people throw stones and destroy private properties in peace protests? and when they are beaten they are like innocent sheep and say they were mistreated and the Bahraini government was brutal. I totally agree with what the government does to protect private property and protect the police from being killed by the hands of those so called peaceful protesters ..

Harry Barracuda 11 years ago

These protesters were shi'a who are hell bent on causing civil disturbances at every opportunity. The Bahrain government should do everything required to stamp out this menace.

Bruce 11 years ago

I doubt that women and children were destroying public property! I think the Arab police & military forces are confused as to who the real enemy is...they just act tough oppressing their own people and fire tear gas and rubber bullets at them instead of pointing their guns at the real enemy.