ANTI-government protesters in Bahrain say a man has been found dead after a night of clashes with police ahead of the controversial Formula One Grand Prix.
22 April 2012
Opposition party al Wefaq said the body of Salah Abbas Habib, who was in his 30s, was found on the roof of a building in the village of Shakhoura, near the capital Manama, Sky News reported.
21 April 2012
Crowds of masked protesters hurled petrol bombs at police who fired tear gas back in Bahrain on Saturday, turning the streets into a battle zone on the eve of a Formula One Grand Prix that demonstrators say glorifies a repressive government.
Protesters were fired up by outrage over the death of one of their number, whose body was found sprawled on a village rooftop after overnight clashes with police.
22 April 2012
Bahrain’s opposition on Saturday reported the first death in protests timed for this weekend’s controversial Grand Prix as the kingdom imposed a security lockdown around the Sakhir Formula One racing circuit.
The body of Salah Abbas Habib, 36, was found in Shakhura village, where security forces overnight “attacked peaceful protesters, brutally beating some of them with various tools and weapons,” said Al-Wefaq, the Gulf state’s largest Shiite opposition bloc.
21 April 2012
MANAMA - A Bahraini protester was found dead after clashes with riot police on Saturday, the eve of the Gulf kingdom’s Formula One Grand Prix that anti-government activists have vowed to mark with “days of rage.”
The opposition party Wefaq said the body of a man named as Salah Abbas Habib, 37, was found on the roof of a building in a rural village. It said the protester was part of a group who were beaten by police.
Associated Press, 21 April 2012
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The discovery of a protester’s body near the scene of clashes on Saturday threatened to tip Bahrain deeper into unrest as a 14-month-old uprising overshadows the return of the Formula One Grand Prix to the strategic Gulf kingdom.
Bahrain’s Sunni rulers had pressed for the race to be held as a chance to rebuild their credibility on the world stage after it was called off last year as police and army troops cracked down on dissent.
By Maran Turner Special to CNN, 20 April 2012
“Unified: One nation in celebration” is the jubilant slogan of this year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain. The irony could not be harsher: while sports fans look forward to this glamorous race, one of the country’s most prominent human rights activists is close to death in protest of his ongoing unlawful detention.
Solidarity protests in the streets continue to be brutally suppressed. From the perspective of a majority of Bahrain’s population, it is not one nation. And it is certainly not celebrating.
21 April 2012
THE acrimony and protests surrounding this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix come after more than a year of unrest in the country.
Thousands of anti-government protesters began their demonstrations against the ruling al-Khalifa royal family in February last year.
The “Day of Rage” on 14 February, 2011, was inspired by popular upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia, as they called for greater political freedoms in the Gulf kingdom.
April 19 - Bahrain riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades at anti-government activists on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix.
19 April 2012
Apr.19 (GMM) A support-race team and a respected journalist have become the next to pull out of this weekend’s highly controversial Bahrain grand prix.
The Porsche Supercup team MRS said its decision to skip the support race in the divided island Kingdom is the “first time in our history that we have had to cancel”.
"In the end we have the responsibility for our employees," said team boss Karsten Molitor, citing security concerns.
Reuters, MUNICH, GERMANY, 19 April 2012
Germany striker Mario Gomez gave Bayern Munich a last-gasp 2-1 win over Real Madrid in a histrionics-filled Champions League semi-final first leg between the swaggering European giants on Tuesday.
Referee Howard Webb had a torrid time, showing nine yellow cards, and had to deal with penalty claims, high tackles, flare-ups, baying Bayern fans, theatrics and continual protesting over his decisions.
CNN, By Frederik Pleitgen, 18 April 2012
Manama, Bahrain (CNN) — Nearly 60 Bahraini activists turned out Wednesday in downtown Manama calling for the release of hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.
His daughter, Zainab al-Khawaja, stood at the front of the crowd and accused the government of torture.
Police pushed protesters out of the marketplace, known as the Souk, and used stun grenades in an attempt to clear the crowd.
18 April 2012
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Security forces fired stun grenades Wednesday at anti-government protesters who swarmed into a cultural exhibition for Bahrain’s Formula One race, setting off street battles and sending visitors fleeing for cover.
It was a blow to the Gulf nation’s efforts to project stability, returning to the Grand Prix circuit a year after the race was canceled because of unrest.
abs-cbn News, 17 April 2012
MANILA, Philippines – Protesters clashed with police in what has become a regular occurence in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama.
This comes as Formula One drivers make their way to the Middle East for their race in Bahrain this weekend.