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 and Rick Gladstone, 20 April 2012
MANAMA, Bahrain — The Sunni monarchy has been hoping that the Formula One Grand Prix, its showcase annual event, would restore Bahrain’s stature as a stable Persian Gulf kingdom, blighted after months of antigovernment protests by the Shiite majority that led to the cancellation of the race last year.
Instead, the opposite seems to be happening. While Bahraini officials vow that the Grand Prix will be held as planned on Sunday, Shiite opposition groups and rights organizations have denounced the race as a public relations stunt that has sought to mask what they call the monarchy’s failures to address causes of political discontent here.
By Simeon Kerr, 20 April 2012
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Bahrain has become the forgotten uprising of the Arab spring.
20 April 2012
TEHRAN (AFP)— Iran urged Bahrain on Friday to “end suppression and pay attention to its people’s demands,” ahead of the controversial Grand Prix race there, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Clashes between security forces and protesters left several people wounded across Bahrain’s Shiite villages ahead of the Formula 1 race, and authorities beefed up security for the first practice sessions on Friday.
21 April 2012
DUBAI (April 20, 2012): Clashes between security forces and protesters left several people wounded across Bahrain’s Shiite villages ahead of its controversial Grand Prix as authorities beefed up security for the first practice sessions Friday.
"Eighteen people were wounded when security forces fired buckshot and tear gas to disperse overnight protests in Shiite villages," said the president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, Mohammed Maskati.
The action was taken to protest ongoing human rights abuses in the country.
By Jeff Goldman, 20 April 2012
Members of Anonymous recently took down the official Formula One Web site in advance of this weekend’s Grand Prix in Bahrain, and promised additional attacks in the coming days.
"The hacktivists are understood to have hit www.formula1.com with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, temporarily making it unavailable,” writes Digital Spy’s Andrew Laughlin.
21 April 2012
Protesters clashed with police in Bahrain on Friday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators massed in the capital Manama on the opening day of the Formula One Grand Prix meeting.
Masked youths hurled petrol bombs at police, who had stopped them marching to a main highway in an effort to return to a traffic roundabout that was a gathering point during an uprising last year. Reuters reporters at the scene said police responded by firing tear gas and sound bombs.
(Reuters) - Bahrain was under tight security on Saturday after violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters overshadowed this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix race meeting in the Gulf state.
20 April 2012
The protesters, mostly from the majority Shi’ite Muslim community, blame the Sunni ruling elite for shutting them out of opportunities, jobs and housing, and are keenly aware of the attention the motor race has focused on Bahrain, which in 2004 became the first country in the region to host Formula One.
Organisers have rejected calls from human rights groups to cancel Sunday’s race because of what activists see as continuing political repression. The cars take to the track again on Saturday for practice and qualifying sessions.
19 April 2012
Bahrain has arrested about 80 leading democracy activists in an attempt to contain anti-government protests ahead of this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix, a rights group said on Wednesday.
"About 80 people from several villages near (the capital) Manama have been arrested since April 14," the president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, Mohammed Maskati, told AFP, adding that the "mass wave of arrests is a preventive measure" by the authorities.
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.
by Patrick Cockburn*, 16 April 2012
Double standards have notoriously marked Britain and America’s response to the Arab Spring. But nowhere is the hypocrisy more glaring than in their reactions to the uprisings in Bahrain and Syria, where both countries’ governments have used the full might of their security forces to crush peaceful protests and jail and torture their opponents.
When it comes to Syria, Barack Obama and David Cameron express shock at the government’s repression and are voluble in their demands for regime change. Until recently, military intervention was not being ruled out. Contrast this with the words of President Obama’s spokesman after clashes between protesters and security forces in Bahrain last week. The best he could do was a purportedly even-handed condemnation of violence “directed against police and government institutions” and “excessive force and indiscriminate use of tear gas against protesters” by the Bahrain security forces. Imagine what an uproar there would be if the White House had said the same about Libya or Syria.