Police, students clash in Bahrain after raid

REEM KHALIFA
Bahraini anti-government protesters block a road with burning debris to slow approaching riot police in Sanabis, Bahrain, Monday, April 15, 2013. The race is to be held Sunday. Bahrain's government has backed proposals to impose penalties of up five years in prison for insulting the Gulf state's king or its national symbols, the media said Monday. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Police in Bahrain's capital have raided a boys' high school and fired tear gas in clashes with students angry over a fellow student's arrest the day before.

Tuesday's violence comes as the Gulf nation boosted security in preparation for next week's Formula One race.

Police are clashing with students at the school, located close to the U.S. Embassy in a residential southern district of Manama full of parks and nurseries.

Mohamed Jaber, a father of one of the students, says he came to pick up his son but police told him and other parents to leave.

On Monday, police arrested 17-year-old student Hassan Humidan at the school.

Bahrain has been wracked by more than two years of unrest between the Sunni-led government and majority Shiites seeking a greater political voice.