Police in Bahrain fired tear gas to disperse angry protesters after thousands of mourners marched in honor of an activist who had been wounded and arrested in the monarchy’s 2011 opposition crackdown and who recently died in police custody.
The death of Mohammed Sahwan from "natural causes" was announced by the government on Thursday.
He is reported to be the first activist who has died in Jau prison, south of Manama, following the 2011 protests that were violently suppressed by the Gulf island’s monarchy.
While the death of the activist, who was serving a 15-year term has been attributed to a heart failure, his relatives claimed that the 45-years old inmate died as a result of a serious head injury he suffered back in April 2011.
Over the years, Sahwan’s family insisted that he never received proper medical treatment for the 80 birdshot pellets which struck him during the violent crackdown, and which remained in his head.
Thousands attended Sahwan’s funeral Friday in his hometown of Sanabis.
They gathered to honor the fallen hero of the suppressed revolution, but the crowd was met by excessive use of force by the police, AFP reported.