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From Associated Press:
April 13, 2012, 1:59PM ET
By JUSTIN BERGMAN and REEM KHALIFA
All 12 teams told Ecclestone they were happy to travel to the tiny kingdom despite the political unrest. He said no extra safety precautions were being put in place.
“There’s nothing happening (in Bahrain),” Ecclestone said in Shanghai before the Chinese Grand Prix. “I know people that live there and it’s all very quiet and peaceful.”
But clashes broke out after the funeral of activist Ahmed Ismail, who authorities say was killed late last month by gunfire during a protest, although it is still unclear who fired the shots.
Protesters chanted anti-government slogans and riot police used tear gas and bird shot to clear the crowds. Several people were injured by the bird-shot pellets.
The Grand Prix is the nation’s biggest sports event, drawing a worldwide TV audience of about 100 million in 187 countries.
Organizers canceled last year’s Grand Prix after the outbreak of violence, which has led to at least 50 deaths. The crackdown by the Sunni-led government was imposed after Bahrain‘s Shiite majority demanded a greater political voice.
Human rights groups criticized the reinstatement of the race this year, and protesters have galvanized supporters by chanting against Formula One in marches, while criticizing Ecclestone and drivers on social media websites.
Amnesty International warned that “the human rights crisis in Bahrain is not over.” The London-based group said that despite authorities’ claims that the country is calm and free of political unrest, the “state violence against those who oppose the Al Khalifa family rule continues,” referring to the family of the king, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
“Holding the Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2012 risks being interpreted by the government of Bahrain as symbolizing a return to business as usual,” Amnesty’s statement said.
A group calling itself the Feb. 14 Coalition — named for the anniversary of the uprising — says holding the race is “against our wishes and the feelings of the people of Bahrain.”
Bahrain: Grand Prix Decision Ignores Abuses: here.
Amnesty International says Bahrain crisis no better than when 2011 Formula 1 grand prix was cancelled: here.
F1: Sponsors Nervous About Bahrain
Some sponsors have reportedly pulled the plug on providing hospitality for guests in Bahrain…
SPEED Staff / GMM | Posted April 14, 2012
Bahrain Document: Activists Appeal to BBC and Sky Not to Broadcast Grand Prix: here.
From AFP news agency:
4 April 2012 | Last updated at 02:44PM
Bahrain police wound teenage mourner
DUBAI: A Bahraini 15 year-old was in intensive care on Saturday after being shot by anti-riot police while attending the funeral of a citizen journalist killed during a protest late last month, the opposition said.
Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Aziz was among several people injured during the ceremony for Ahmed Ismail, 22, the main Shiite opposition movement in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, Al-Wefaq, said.
He sustained bullet wounds to the chest as police fired tear gas and live rounds on mourners.
The shooting came as Formula One bosses said the Bahrain Grand Prix would go ahead next week as planned, despite fears it could be targeted by anti-government demonstrations.
The sport’s governing body, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile), and commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone made separate announcements in Shanghai, venue of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
The controversial Bahrain event set for April 22 has overshadowed the lead-up to Sunday’s race in Shanghai and many teams are believed to have grave concerns.
It was postponed last year after protests broke out against the government, and was thought to be in jeopardy once again because of the more than year-long demonstrations.
Egypt: Deportation of Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab From Cairo Airport: here.