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Funeral procession marks 3rd day of protests in Bahrain

02-16-2011 19:15 BJT

MANAMA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Protests in Bahrain entered their third day on Wednesday, as tens of thousands marched to mourn a second man killed in Tuesday's clashes with security forces, according to Al-Jazeera TV.

Crowds picked up the body of Fadhel Matrook, 31, from a morgue and marched to a cemetery.

Thousands of people have spent the night on the main square in Manama.

The tiny Gulf nation witnessed a mounting wave of protests since Monday, inspired by the recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

Protesters have several demands, including the release of political prisoners, a new cabinet without the current prime minister, more jobs and housing and an end to discrimination against Shi'ite Muslims by the ruling Sunni Muslim minority.

One protester was killed, while another one died the next day when police opened fire during his funeral procession.

In a televised speech, Bahraini King Hamad Bin Isa al-Khalifa expressed his deep condolences to the families of the slain protesters.

The monarch promised a probe into the killings and into the security-services' response to the protests.

Bahrain, a home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, is ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa family where the majority Shiite population says they are facing discrimination in jobs and other services.

The kingdom denies such claims.

Bahrain is the only Gulf nation along with Kuwait with an elected parliament, but laws must be approved by the king- appointed Shura council, the upper chamber of Bahrain's parliament.



Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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