22 April 2012
LONDON — A team of journalists for Britain’s Channel 4 News was arrested Sunday after covering Bahrain’s Grand Prix race, which went ahead after a week of angry protests away from the F1 desert circuit.
"We can confirm that our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller and his team have been arrested whilst reporting for the programme from a village in Bahrain," a Channel 4 News spokesman said.
23 April 2012
When Formula One drivers performed their usual parade around the circuit on the back of a flatbed truck ahead of Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, they waved at rows of empty seats.
Few inside the Formula One bubble had any contact with the demonstrations in villages around the capital in which protesters hurled Molotov cocktails and police fired teargas and birdshot in nightly clashes.
(AP) MANAMA, 22 April 2012
Bahrain - Under heavy security, Bahrain’s embattled leaders toasted the return Sunday of the coveted Formula One Grand Prix even as riot police used armored vehicles to virtually seal off opposition strongholds and fight hit-and-run clashes in the Arab Spring’s longest-running street battles.
The contrasts put the Gulf kingdom’s divisions in stark relief: The Sunni rulers basking in the F1 glamor at the desert circuit while security forces imposed lockdown tactics against Shiite neighborhoods at the heart of the more than 14-month-old uprising.
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.
By Souad Mekhennet, 21 April 2012
MANAMA, Bahrain — After a night of clashes between antigovernment demonstrators and the police, a protester was found dead Saturday near the capital, as Bahrain struggled to restore calm before an international auto race on Sunday. Opposition groups blamed the police for the death.
Bahrain, a Sunni-ruled monarchy in the Persian Gulf, has beaten back persistent protests from the country’s Shiite majority for more than a year. The protesters have intensified their actions in recent days, hoping to use the international attention focused on the country during the Formula One Grand Prix race to press their grievances.
21 April 2012
(Reuters) - The daughter of a prominent Bahraini opposition activist who has been on hunger strike for over two months was arrested on Saturday evening for trying to stage a protest in the capital Manama, activists said.
Sayed Yousif al-Muhafda said Zainab al-Khawaja, who has been arrested before only to be released several hours later, was taken by police after she tried to protest near the Financial Harbour in the capital.
She was among protesters who riot police tried to prevent marching inside the city’s market area, a Reuters witness said.
21 April 2012
People demonstrate outside Formula One headquarters in London, against the Bahrain Grand Prix. Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone declared the race would go ahead on Sunday despite ongoing anti-government demonstrations and escalating sectarian tensions in the country. (AFP PHOTO)
James Lawton, 21 April 2012
It had absolutely nothing to do with the multi-millionaire Mr. Bernie Ecclestone, of course. As far as he was concerned the ‘Arab Spring’ might be some new line in bedroom upholstery. The cash register could clatter as merrily in the tumultuous streets of Bahrain as any other place.
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.
20th April 2011
Mr Bernie Ecclestone
F1 Management Team, London
We are here to protest holding the F1 race in Bahrain and call for its cancellation
Apart from the Alkhalifa hereditary dictatorship no sensible person, political or human rights body has expressed agreement to holding the F1 race in Bahrain. In addition to the security imperatives, the races is seen as an endorsement of a regime that has been found by its own created and funded investigation commission to have engaged in systematic torture, extra-judicial killings and dismal attention to the most basic of human rights. Yesterday credible and reputable media has been banned from entering Bahrain including Reuters, Agence France Press and others for fear of coverage the protests and demonstrations that have continued within the 14th February revolution. Meanwhile John Yates, the former Deputy-Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has confirmed two disturbing things; that he, as the main man controlling the Alkhalifa brutal police and security services, cannot guarantee the safety of the teams taking part in the most controversial race in Formula One history and that he may resort to the use of live ammunition against demonstrators. Bahrainis are not against F1 but against propping up the regime and breaking its isolation.