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.
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.
In a SPIEGEL interview, Zainab al-Khawaja, the daughter of detained Bahraini protest leader Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, calls for this weekend’s Formula One race in the country to be cancelled. She says the protests in the Gulf state will continue until Bahrainis are given the right to “self-determination.”
Interview conducted by Souad Mekhennet, 20 April 2012
On Sunday, Formula One racing is set to return to Bahrain, but the country and opposition are divided over the event. Wefaq, the leading Shiite opposition group, has said it is not opposed to staging the race. Jasim Husain, a former member of parliament and representative of the group even visited the racetrack on Thursday to give the event a boost.
20 April 2012
Bahrain crown prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa says cancelling Sunday’s Grand Prix would “empower extremists” and believes hosting a GP unites people and is important both economically and socially for Bahrain.
Unrest in the Gulf state has led to calls for the race to be called off for the second year running, while the Force India team missed Friday’s second practice session as they wanted to return to their hotel before dark.
By Dana Khraiche, 13 April, 2012
BEIRUT: Around 100 men and women protested Friday in Downtown Beirut in support of the “uprising in Bahrain” and for the release of imprisoned Bahraini activist Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja who has been on hunger strike for 64 days.
A line of women in black held large signs with Khawaja’ picture as members of the Lebanese Army and riot police surrounded the protesters at Riad Solh square in the capital.