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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.

Comments
  • Hallo - 2012-04-18 17:16

    F1 will regret their decision for the race to go ahead.

  • IAnon - 2012-04-18 17:23

    Leave the Arabs to their own - COME TO CAPE TOWN !!!

  • Fidel - 2012-04-18 17:28

    The Gulf states have bought pretty much of Western Europe, from football clubs to other businesses, hence not a single word from any western leader regarding the crushed uprising that took place in that country last year. Plus the US has its naval fleet stationed in that country!

      Fred - 2012-04-18 18:00

      Whatever this means

      Lenzi - 2012-04-18 18:59

      why am i not surprised, the us it seems has its army stationed everywhere...

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-18 19:39

      ""not a single word from any western leader regarding the crushed uprising that took place in that country last year"" The reason for this; during the same time of these protests, your hero, psychopath gaddafi, was mowing down thousands and thousands of his oppositon. That kept some leaders, pretty busy to react and other leaders pretty busy not to react !!

  • reesesm - 2012-04-18 18:01

    Protesters need to be dealt with like they are in Greece and London!!! they get away with anything here. Don't be so quick to support them. They are not the majority in this lovely land.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 15:09

      U fool protesters in Greece are protesting because there wages have been cut. Avg salary has been slashed by 100euros, pensions have been cut. People now have to work longer before they can retire all this while inflation goes through the roof because the ecb continues to print more money. All this too pay of international financiers.

  • gerty.bester - 2012-04-18 19:01

    I was there just a week ago and what Bahrain is really good at, is locking these areas down where protests happen. I'm not worried about the F1 at all.

  • Preshen - 2012-04-19 07:58

    Arabs are the bomb

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 15:05

    The USA have one of there biggest military bases in Bahrain with the USAs fifth fleet patrolling shipping lanes there keeping an eye on Iran. So u start to see America's hypocrisy because you don't see them promoting human rights and democracy in Bahrain. Baring in mind that the Bahrain govt is an absolute monarch. So while amnesty international continuously condemn the Bahrain govt violations of human rights the USA don't say a word. Hypocrites

  • Melissa - 2012-04-20 16:14

    I lived in Bahrain last year, I was there when the uprising started and all I can say is that the news exaggerates EVERYTHING to the next level .... I worked in all these areas for my company and wow, all I can say is making a mountain out of a mole-hill.

      Fidel - 2012-04-21 19:21

      There's an old saying "It's almost impossible to make someone see something when their paycheck depends on their not seeing it".

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