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Bahrain protesters demand release of comrade's body

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A woman runs for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes with protesters, who tried to reach Salmaniya hospital to get the dead body of Mahmud al-Jaziri, on Feb. 25, 2013 in the village of Zinj, a suburb of Manama, Bahrain.

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Bahraini boys look at an anti-government protester, unseen, as he adds fuel to old furniture being set on fire in a street in Malkiya on Feb. 26, 2013.

Protests were held in opposition-heavy villages across Bahrain on Tuesday as demonstrators demanded that the government release the body of a 20-year-old who died last week from injuries sustained during earlier clashes with police.

Mahmud al-Jaziri succumbed to his wounds after he was shot during demonstrations commemorating the second anniversary of the Gulf kingdom’s 2011 uprising.

The protesters are calling for al-Jaziri's body to be released for burial.

Editor's note: The Bahraini government disputes the demonstrators' claims, and says the body was released on Feb. 22.

-- Reporting from The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse

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