Bahraini police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators in a group of villages south and west of Manama Friday (March 25th), wire agencies reported. Protests are banned under emergency law, but hundreds of people protested in four villages.
One man in the village of Maameer died from tear gas, according to a report by Al Jazeera Friday.
Also Friday, Social Development Minister Fatima al-Balooshi accused demonstrators of having a "foreign agenda" during a press conference at UN’s Geneva headquarters.
Some protesters "were instigated by a foreign country and by Hizbullah," al-Balooshi said.
"We have direct proof. They were serving a foreign agenda," the minister said. Bahrain’s government is still committed to holding talks with the opposition, Gulf Daily News reported.
Twenty people have been killed in Bahrain since demonstrations began last month against the government.