Bahraini police fire on protesters in Shiite village

Bahraini police fired shotguns and tear gas Thursday to disperse a protest in the Shiite village of Deih, west of Manama, a local rights activist said.

Several hundred protesters rallied in the village before security forces opened fire, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights chief Nabeel Rajab said.

An AFP journalist saw riot police stationed at the entrance to Deih firing tear gas. Several military vehicles full of police blocked the road leading from the village of Jidhafs to Deih, he said.

Shiite demonstrators have retreated to their neighbourhoods and villages near the capital after security forces on Wednesday crushed a month-old anti-regime protest at Manama’s Pearl Square, killing three protesters.

Roads to Shiite villages around the capital are reportedly blocked by security forces. All protests and gatherings are forbidden under state-of-emergency laws decreed by the authorities in the Sunni-ruled country on Tuesday.

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