STORY: Dozens of protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at riot police in the village of Daih, west of capital Manama, on Sunday following a third day of funeral rituals for a 22-year-old activist, Mohammed Abdul-Jalil.

The funeral rally soon turned violent with anti-government protesters throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at the riot police. Riot police responded with tear gas in an attempt to restore order.

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.

Bahrain, a tiny island state that hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet as a bulwark for U.S.-aligned Gulf monarchies against Iran, 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.

That unrest has planted Bahrain on the front line of a tussle for regional influence between Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia.