Peaceful protester funerals held in Bahrain ahead of fresh rallies
Some 15,000 protesters gathered in Bahrain on Friday for the funerals of three people killed in clashes between demonstrators and police in the capital Manama the day before, DPA reported.
Hundreds were also injured on Thursday when officials in the Persian Gulf island state ordered a fierce crackdown on anti- government protesters.
But the funerals took place without police interference.
More protests against Bahrain's ruling family are planned in Manama after the Friday prayers.
Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy. Its prime minister, Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa, has been in power since 1971 - the longest- serving unelected prime minister in the world.
The Bahrain protests were inspired by successful anti-regime uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.