Homemade firebombs, also known as Molotov cocktails, are usually the reserve of those who don't have access to standard weapons. Lately, however, Bahraini police, better known for their liberal use of tear gas
against protesters, have also taken to throwing Molotov cocktails.
In the past few months, numerous amateur videos showing police hurling Molotov cocktails at anti-government protesters have surfaced online. The latest of these videos, however, has gone viral. It shows a police officer throwing multiple tear gas canisters, then casually switching to Molotov cocktails. Bahrain's Interior Ministry, which had recently promised to reform
its controversial policing practices, announced Sunday via Twitter
that it would launch an investigation into the incident.
The police officer on the left throws a Molotov cocktail at 1 minute 35 into the video.
Bahraini human rights activists are now eagerly waiting to see whether this investigation will lead to any charges against the policeman in the video. Last week, 28 civilians were charged with attempted murder
for throwing Molotov cocktails at policemen.
Bahrain has been the scene of violent clashes
between police and anti-government protesters for just over a year now. The more violent protesters regularly set up roadblocks, throw stones, and hurl Molotov cocktails, too
The Shiite-led opposition is calling for constitutional changes that would limit the power of the ruling Sunni royalty, which currently appoints all major posts in the country’s government.