Protests in Bahrain have continued into 15 February after two men have died following clashes with the police.

Ali Abdulhadi al-Mushaima died on 14 February after participating in Bahrain’s day of rage, when protesters gathered at sites across the country. At his funeral the next day, clashes between protesters and police left a second man dead, confirmed on the Information Ministry’s Twitter feed as Fadhel Salman Matrook.

A probe into the death has started, the Twitter statement added.

Demonstrations began on a small scale on the night of 13 February in several villages and continued into the morning of 14 February. By the evening they had escalated as protesters tried to converge on an area known as Lulu roundabout in Manama.

The police presence in Bahrain was heavy from 13 February in anticipation of the protests, organised by several different groups through social networking websites.

The protests are expected to continue on the evening of the 15 February.

Protesters say the Shia majority are discriminated against by the Sunni rulers in the distribution of housing and jobs, and are demanding more democratic reform of the country.