Sept. 4 - Police fire tear gas at anti-government protesters near the Bahraini capital during angry demonstrations over the death of a young activist. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Bahraini police fired teargas to disperse anti-government protests near the capital Manama on Wednesday, as demonstrations continued following the death of a young activist.
Dozens of protesters built barricades in the streets of Sehla, south-west of Manama, and threw petrol bombs and rocks at riot police during a third day of demonstrations following the death of 20-year-old activist Sadiq Sabt on Sunday. Sabt had reportedly been in a coma in hospital for a month after being hit by a car. Activists said he was hit deliberately, but no one has been held accountable.
A tiny island state that hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet as a bulwark for U.S.-aligned Gulf monarchies against Iran, Bahrain has suffered bouts of unrest since February 2011 when a Shi'ite-led uprising demanded the al-Khalifa dynasty give up power.
The authorities crushed the revolt, one of a series of "Arab Spring" upheavals, but protests and clashes have persisted, despite talks between government and opposition. The Bahrain government in July passed a law banning all protests in the capital Manama.
The Bahrain opposition complains of discrimination against majority Shi'ites in areas such as employment and public services, and is demanding a constitutional monarchy with a government chosen from within a democratically-elected parliament. The government denies any discrimination.
The unrest plants Bahrain on the front line of a tussle for regional influence between Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia.
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