Violence at Bahrain F1 exhibition

2012-04-18 17:07
Manama - Security forces have fired stun grenades at anti-government protesters at a cultural exhibition for Bahrain's Formula One race.

The clashes on Wednesday sent both demonstrators and people attending the exhibit running for cover in a potential blow to Bahrain's efforts to use this weekend's race as a sign of stability after 14 months of clashes in the Gulf kingdom.

The protesters chanted slogans against the race, which was cancelled last year amid the unrest. They also called for the release of a jailed activist on a hunger strike lasting more than two months.

Bahrain has been hit by near daily violence between security forces and protesters from the country's Shi'ite majority seeking to break the Sunni monarchy's tight grip on power.
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