Violence Erupts at Public Funerals in Iran & Bahrain

Written on February 16, 2011 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Democracy & Human Rights, Middle East, News

By Joshua Keating

Top story: A second protester was killed in Bahrain on Tuesday as a funeral for a demonstrator killed on Monday resulted in clashes with the police. King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa promised in a televised address that the protesters’ demands would be met in new legislation. Organizers say the largest protests yet will be held this Saturday. 

Thousands also took to the streets of Iran today for the funeral of an anti-government protester killed in Monday. Pro-government demonstrators also came out in force, chanting anti-American slogans, denouncing leaders of Iran’s opposition movement, and clashing with the anti-government crowds. The Iranian government has called for a rally on Friday to express “hatred” for the opposition movement. 

Egypt: Protests continued throughout Egypt while the country’s military government formed a committee to propose constitutional changes. 

Attacks on the press: CBS News reporter Lara Logan was sexually assaulted by a mob while covering the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, according to the network. 

Source: “Morning Briefs”, Foreign Policy Online (www.foreignpolicy.com). February 16, 2011


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