Two police were standing outside his house. Ali heard the commotion outside. People had taken to the streets to protest against the Bahrain government. Ali came out of his house and was shot by police soon after.
Then the usual cover up by police.
The family said their son left the house and was shot by a police patrol shortly thereafter for no apparent reason.
A government report said that Ali was part of a demonstration and that is why he was shot.
An eyewitness reports on the events of that day:
The report by the Bahrain Independent (sic) Commission of Inquiry said:
The funeral procession of Mr Ali Almeshaima was held later in the morning and attracted the largest number of persons of any gathering on this day in Bahrain. People began to gather at the SMC morgue at 06:30 in anticipation of the release of the victim’s body. The number of people continued to increase until it reached over 1,000 by 08:30, when Mr Almeshaima’s body was released to his family. The procession departed from the SMC morgue and headed towards the Jidhafs cemetery, where Mr Almeshaima was laid to rest. According to some reports, the number of mourners reached 2,500 by the time the procession reached the cemetery.
As the procession moved down the Salmaniya Road, some of the mourners noticed two police patrol cars parked beside the Sana Department Store. The first of these vehicles had broken down, while the second had been dispatched to secure the location while police prepared the first vehicle to be towed away. At 08:47, a group of mourners, reported to be around 400 people, approached the police and started assaulting them, at first verbally and then by throwing rocks and metal rods. Some of the police suffered minor injuries, and a patrol car and tow truck were slightly damaged.
As the situation worsened, the seven police personnel at the location began responding to the mourners using sound bombs, tear gas and rubber bullets. Then, according to MoI reports, the mourners became more aggressive and came within metres of the police patrol to the extent that they managed to seize and destroy one of the police’s tear gas launchers. At this point, and after all other ammunition had been exhausted, police are reported to have fired two shotgun rounds at the mourners, after which they evacuated the location.
Fadel Salman Ali Salman Matrouk was struck in the back by one shotgun round at very close range, estimated to be one metre.239 He was immediately taken to SMC, where attempts to resuscitate him failed and he was pronounced dead at 09:30. He was the second fatality of the February/March events.
This second death further increased public anger. Demonstrators began to gather at the SMC morgue and at various locations in Manama and neighbouring villages, including Shahrakkan, Bani Hamza and Sitra. Meanwhile, after the funeral procession of Mr Ali Almeshaima, more people joined the demonstrators and moved towards the GCC Roundabout, where they arrived at around 15:00. By 15:15, demonstrators began to set up tents at the roundabout, and later in the day a projector screen was installed. Among these was a tent erected by members of the SMC medical staff. There were also a number of demonstrators obstructing traffic in the roundabout overpass. By nightfall, the number of demonstrators had reached several thousand. The roundabout and its immediate vicinity were congested with protesters and private vehicles.
As Husain says in the interview the rest is history.
One thing is certain — there is an ongoing human rights crisis going on in Bahrain.
The authorities are silent. The King is silent. The American fifth fleet in Bahrain is silent. The Saudi princes and their many wives are silent. Saudi troops of occupation go about their deadly work in silence. The commissions of inquiry sprout words. The United Nations is silent.
As the bodies pile up in the streets, the people will not be silenced.
16 July 2012