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Bahrainis rally for return of protester's corpse



A second wave of protests took place Wednesday in Manama demanding the Bahraini authorities to hand over the corpse of Mahmood al-Jazeeri, a protester killed by the police, to his family.

According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Jazeeri was hit directly on his head at close range by a teargas canister during an unarmed protest that took place in Nabi Saleh on February 14, marking the second anniversary of Bahrainís pro-democracy movement.

Jazeeri, 20, died from his wounds eight days later, after falling into a coma and suffering from a fractured skull, intracerebral bleeding, multiple brain contusions and severe brain edema, the BCHR stated.

Bahrain authorities have refused to hand in Jazeeriís corpse to his family for proper burial, according to opposition activists. The authorities do not appear to have issued a statement with regards to the issue.

Earlier this week, opposition MP Ali Shantoot protested the holding of Jazeeri's body by raising a placard in the middle of a parliamentary meeting that said: "the dignity of the dead is in his burial."

Shantoot was threatened with expulsion from the building.

Protesters took to the street demanding that the government release his corpse. On February 25, Bahraini demonstrators came under tear gas fire as they tried to reach Salmaniya hospital to retrieve Jazeeri's dead body.

The first demonstration was held Tuesday also in Manama as protesters held a symbolic coffin and marched through the city.

Protests in Bahrain have escalated since the movementís second year anniversary on February 14, 2013. The BCHR had documented many cases of severe injuries and two deaths, including Jazeeriís, as a result of government forcesí brutality.

Hussain Ali Ahmed Abrahim, a 16 year old teenager died from shotgun wounds in several areas of his body.

More than 80 people have been killed since the start of the uprising in February 2011.

A Saudi-led Gulf force entered the island in March 2011 to help crush the rebellion, but the country still witnesses almost daily protests. The small but strategic kingdom is home to US Fifth Fleet.

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