On Monday protesters filled the streets outside the Persian Gulf state's capital of Manama during a "day of rage." Police reportedly responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, fatally wounding one protester and injuring up to 20 more.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that a second protester was killed today during a funeral procession for the individual killed Monday. According to Al-Jazeera, riot police fired bird shot at the procession, and at least 25 people were injured.
Bahrain is an island kingdom located on the western side of the Persian Gulf, off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Although the majority of its people are Shiite, it is controlled by the Sunni Al-Khalifa ruling family, headed by King Hamad bin Isa. A number of policies prevent Shiites from holding top government and military positions.
This is video said to be from Monday's protests. Chaos breaks out as shots are fired and police advance on protesters.
Footage from today's funeral procession shows a large crowd marching and chanting as a helicopter circles overhead.
Al-Jazeera's latest update says King Hamad has apologized for the two protesters' deaths, but Shiite opposition group al-Wefaq has said it will suspend its participation in parliament. Protesters are calling for the resignation of powerful prime minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, the king's uncle, and the establishment of a new constitution.
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