Bahrain mourner killed in clash; more protests
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Security forces in Bahrain fired tear gas and bird shot Tuesday on mourners gathered for a funeral procession for a man killed in Egypt-inspired protests, killing at least one other person and sharply raising the chances for further unrest.
The latest death raises the possibility of more rallies and challenges to the ruling Sunni monarchy in Bahrain — a strategic Western ally and home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
After the clash, riot police eventually withdrew and allowed the massive funeral cortege for 21-year-old Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima to proceed from the hospital, the main state-run medical facility in Bahrain’s capital Manama.
Mushaima was killed Monday during clashes with security forces trying to halt marches to demand greater freedoms and political rights. At least 25 people were injured in the barrage of rubber bullets, bird shot and tear gas, family members said.
Yemenis trying to oust leader protest for fifth day
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemenis scuffled with police Tuesday as thousands marched in the capital for a fifth consecutive day in Egypt-inspired protests demanding political reforms and the ouster of the country’s U.S.-allied president.
Police tried to disperse the demonstrators using tear gas and batons, but some 3,000 protesters defiantly continued their march from Sanaa University toward the city center, chanting slogans against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, including “down with the president’s thugs.”
The procession gained momentum with hundreds of students and rights activists joining along the way.
Riot police blocked the main road leading to the city center and clashed with protesters throwing stones. Three protesters were injured and rushed to the hospital in ambulances.
About 2,000 government supporters also staged a counter-demonstration in the center, raising concerns about potential clashes.
The protests come as ties between the U.S. and Saleh have been growing lately over rising alarm in Washington about the activities of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The U.S. military has embarked on a plan to deepen its involvement in training the country’s counterterrorism force to counteract a local affiliate of al-Qaida that has mounted several attacks against the U.S.
Iranian lawmakers: Put opposition leaders on trial
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Hardline Iranian lawmakers called on Tuesday for the country’s opposition leaders to face trial and be put to death, a day after clashes between opposition protesters and security forces left one person dead and dozens injured.
Tens of thousands of people turned out for the opposition rally Monday in solidarity with Egypt’s popular revolt that toppled President Hosni Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power. The demonstration was the first major show of strength from Iran’s beleaguered opposition in more than a year.
At an open session of parliament Tuesday, pro-government legislators chanted “death to Mousavi, Karroubi and Kahatami,” referring to opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi and former reformist President Mohammad Khatami.
More than 220 lawmakers said in a statement that the trio should be held responsible for the unrest. “We believe the people have lost their patience and demand capital punishment” for the opposition leaders, the statement said
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