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Bahrain Violence: Calls For F1 Race To Be Axed
Human rights abuses are still going on in Bahrain leading to calls for this weekend's Grand Prix to be cancelled, Amnesty International has said.
The campaign group has said security forces are using excessive and unnecessary force against anti-government protesters.
Ongoing reports of the torture and ill-treatment of demonstrators, who have been involved in clashes with police, were also being reported, it said.
Amnesty International said it had evidence of people being kept in prison for participating in anti-government protests without using violence.
"With the world's eyes on Bahrain as it prepares to host the Grand Prix, no one should be under any illusions that the country's human rights crisis is over," said Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa deputy director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.
"The authorities are trying to portray the country as being on the road to reform, but we continue to receive reports of torture and use of unnecessary and excessive force against protests."
Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has called on Grand Prix organisers to pull the plug on the event, saying that proceeding would "send the wrong signal".
Practice for the race is scheduled to begin on Friday, with the main race taking place on Sunday.
"To go ahead at present risks sending the wrong signal at a time when the authorities in Bahrain should be focused on delivering real reform," Mr Alexander said.
The latest skirmishes took place in Salmabad, a village six miles from the centre of Manama and 11 miles north of the Bahrain International Circuit (Bic) where the race is due to be held.
And two protesters have camped out on the roof of the Bahraini Embassy in London after climbing to the summit of the building displaying flags and a banner on Monday.
what do you think?
I'm an F1 fan but if this goes ahead it's purely about money and that would send out a message that we accept what's going on. This should be stopped and I hope the drivers and teams put pressure on the organisers to put a stop to it.
We have not heard haig commenting against this regime, Why oil oil oil
Austin ya need to get ya facts right pal Bahrain doesn't have oil lived there for ten years another under educated numpty comment !!!!!! Backed an funded by Saudi !!!!! Millionaires play ground for rich Saudis without there wives to escape to at weekends !!!! All Friday flights out of riyhad are fully booked months in advanced for weekends of alcohol , night clubs and prostitution !!!! What a mockery of Islam hey but these are hard facts !!!!!!! But no oil in Bahrain !!!!!
ALTHOUGH I AM A SERIOUS FAN OF F1 I STRONGLY BELIEVE THIS RACE IS ONE THAT SHOULD BE PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM THE CALENDER AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS ALL ABOUT THE POISION DWARF MAKING AS MUCH FILTHY LUCRE AS HE CAN TO PILE INTO HIS BULGING COFFERS HAS NO ONE TOLD HIM THERE ARE NO POCKETS IN SHROUDS BUT THE SAFTEY OF THE TEAMS MUST BE THE PARAMOUNT CONSIDERATION HERE . IF I WERE A FI ONE TEAM MEMBER I WOULD SERIOUSLY BE ASKING MYSELF WOULD I WANT TO VISIT OR EVEN GO ON HOLIDAY TO A COUNTRY WITH SO MUCH POLITICAL UNREST.
Let the opposition use the occasion for a peaceful, non-disruptive protest against world and local tyranny. For diruptive read anti-western. We want to hear why it is that they oppose their government; and how given freedom they can be part of a democratic process.
Drivers and teams go there to race People go there to watch Politics should not even be mentioned
Bahraini protestors are non-violent protestors and I don't think they will hurt the team drivers or anyone as a matter of fact, what you see of Molotov being used is against dictator mercenaries raiding villages day and night. However, holding the race gives a clear signal that F1 moved from being sport into a political tool to support dictator and in Bahrain case show everything is fine while people are being shot daily. This dictator family has ruled the country be an iron fist for 230 years and our demands were simple, elected PM and government, fully elected parliament but now after all the killings people went higher on their demands to topple the complete regime. USA and UK of course are great supporters of this dictator regime for obvious reasons including USA 5th fleet in Bahrain.