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article imageBahrain Riots Continue For Fifth Day

By Can Tran     Dec 23, 2007 in World
The country of Bahrain has been hit by rioting for a fifth consecutive day. According to the local press, they report that most of the rioting has been focused in the Shia areas. Shias complain of discrimination by the Sunni-led government.
One protester was left dead on Monday as security forces dispersed demonstrators in the Shia villages of Bahrain with both tear gas and rubber bullets. The local media reports that at least 39 people have been arrested in the rioting. They add that around a dozen people have been injured in the process.
The protester was a 22-year-old man. He died in the hospital after inhaling the tear gas. However, the official Bahrain News Agency cites that the security forces maintain their stance that the man died of natural causes.
Several hundred demonstrators fought with security forces in the north part of Bahrain on Thursday. They fought using both petrol bombs and stones as their weapons.
The protests began on Monday. They were staged by the Shias who reportedly have demanded compensation for what they say were human rights violations between 1980 and 1990.
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