Bahrain cleric blames police for protester's death

AP News
Posted: Sep 02, 2011 7:57 AM
Bahrain cleric blames police for protester's death

A senior Shiite cleric has blamed security forces for the death of a young protester in Bahrain.

Sheik Isa Qassim says "the killing of a 14-year-old boy by security forces" during an anti-government demonstration Wednesday shows that the island nation's Sunni rulers are not listening to people's demands for greater rights.

Bahrain's majority Shiites began protests in February inspired by other Arab uprisings. More than 30 people have died during the demonstrations and crackdowns.

Rights groups claim the boy, Ali Jawad Ahmad, died after being hit by a tear gas canister fired at close range by police.

The government says he did not die as a result of being hit with a tear gas canister, and that it was still investigating how he died.