“The police closed down all of the roads and train services leading to Al Daih to prevent as many people as they could from participating in the funeral”
Ahmed Bahrain (not his real name), is an activist who participated in Friday’s funeral procession for Ali Hassan Al Daihi in the town of Al Daih.
The funeral started at around 9 this morning. The police had already closed down all of the roads and train services leading to Al Daih, to prevent as many people as they could from participating in the event. Despite this, I would say that around 8,000 people were there [media reports put this figure lower, at several hundred
]. They either came from the surrounding villages, or they were people like me who left their homes early so as to avoid the roadblocks.
The police arrived as some of the protesters attending the funeral started to march toward Pearl Square in Manama. They used tear gas and rubber bullets to break the crowds up. Most of us were trying to avoid face-to-face clashes, but at least two young people were beaten up by the police before being arrested.
One of my friends told me that he had seen the police trying to run protesters down with their cars to keep them from getting to Pearl Square.
In Bahrain, it’s traditional to have a funeral procession, and then for the family to receive condolences for the next three days. When this period is over, we will gather again and protest some more”.