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PHOTOS: Shia Mourners Tear-Gassed in Bahrain

Shia mourners, commemorating the beginning of the Islamic month Muharram, have been tear-gassed in Bahrain, say activists, who accuse the Bahraini regime of attacking religious freedom in the restive Arab state.

Bahraini Human Rights activist Maryam Al Khawajah writes [ar]:

In a violation to religious freedom, the ruling regime attacks Shiites performing religious rituals in the village of Maameer.

The Month of Muharram is a month of mourning for Muslims of the Shia faith. The 10th day of Muharram, or Ashoora, commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain bin Ali, Prophet Muhammed's grandson in the Battle of Karbala, which took place in the year 680, in Iraq. The occasion is marked by processions across towns and villages, as well as readings in congregation halls for members of the Shia faith. These rituals have been held for centuries, and passed down from one generation to the next.

Quiet Bahrain-i shares another photograph from the same “incident” saying:

And Ahmed Ali has another one:

Al Wefaq Society, the largest opposition group, posts another photograph:

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