Some Protesters Retaliate Against Police Violence
Several people were wounded as “violence flared up in Bahrain in the wake of a leading Shia cleric’s call to ‘crush’ police.’” In his sermon Sheikh Isa Qassim said, “whoever you see abusing a woman, crush him,” which spurred some youth activists to engage in violence. “How do those who do this to people expect the people to remain silent and not defend their rights and honor?” he asked, referencing the violence that security forces have used against opposition groups. The video (above) shows Shia activists throwing stones and petrol bombs in response to recent attacks on protesters and women. Some sources also said that two policemen kidnapped and assaulted before being released. Public Security chief Major-General Tariq Al Hassan said, “a number of vandals were arrested after they blocked roads in various villages.” Some peaceful protesters expressed concern over the attacks, saying, “no one should come down to that level. It is not right what (the protesters) are doing.”
Meanwhile, security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades when protesters marched into the capital city of Manama. Police set up checkpoints and many shops were closed after the clashes.