A 16-year-old teenager was killed Thursday morning in Bahrain in clashes between police and protesters on the second anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings, activists said. But rioters have been clashing with security forces for days, and more than 80 people in Bahrain have been killed in the past two years due to the unrest that followed the launch of the region wide uprisings.
Hussain al-Jaziri was shot at close range during protests in the village of Al Daih, witnesses told the pan-Arab Al Jazeera news network. The village is located west of the capital, Manama.
The death was confirmed by the Bahraini government, but not the identity of the victim, in a tweet on the Twitter micro social networking web site.
“[The] Operations Room received [a] call from SMC reporting an injured individual pronounced dead,” tweeted Bahrain’s Interior Ministry. “Public prosecutor was informed,” the ministry added, a reference to the Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain’s largest hospital.
Hundreds began the latest round of rioting in villages across the country Thursday morning to mark the second anniversary of the day the “Arab Spring” arrived in the United Arab Emirates. Reportedly government forces have started using tear gas to disperse the protesters in some locations.
Two years ago, protesters remained camped out around the capital’s iconic Pearl Roundabout for about a month before authorities forced them out. The government later razed the historic Pearl statue at the center of the square.
A few months later, an independent commission set up by the government found that security personnel had used excessive force against the mostly peaceful protesters. Although the Bahraini government maintains that it has implemented the commission’s recommendations, activists say abuses continue with regular reports of torture and use of tear gas in the villages, according to Al Jazeera.