04/21/2012 Police in Bahrain have fired tear gas on protesters as they responded with petrol bombs ahead of the Gulf state's Formula One Grand Prix. Up to 150 protesters were reported to be facing off against 50 police in jeeps during the violence in a Shiite district outside Manama. "Protesters were at a roundabout in Diraz and police tried to move them by firing tear gas. They started throwing petrol bombs back at them," a witness told Reuters. The fresh clashes came after an anti-government protester was found dead after violence overnight ahead of Sunday's grand prix, according to the opposition party Wefaq. Wefaq said the body of Salah Abbas Habib, 37, was found on the roof of a building in the village of Shakhoura. It claimed Mr Habib was part of a group who were chased and "brutally" beaten by police during the clashes, late on Friday night. Wefaq, the leading party among Bahrain's majority Shi'ite Muslim population, published a photograph of Habib's body on a corrugated iron rooftop. In a statement on social networking website Twitter, the interior ministry confirmed a body had been discovered in Shakhura, adding: "Police have begun an investigation." British Foreign Secretary William Hague later took to Twitter. He said he had spoken to the Bahraini foreign minister and urged restraint to the protests and dialogue with the opposition. Armoured vehicles have been deployed in the capital Manama where around 50000 activists gathered on Friday as Formula One drivers <b>...</b>
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