Blood and Formula One in Bahrain

This video is called Amnesty International on sentenced Bahrain medics.

From the United Kingdom Press Association:

Call to cancel Bahrain Grand Prix

(UKPA) – 20 minutes ago

Formula One chiefs have been urged by Labour to cancel this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix amid continued clashes between police and anti-government protesters.

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said that proceeding with the event would “send the wrong signal”.

At the start of what is expected to be a week-long run of demonstrations, police and protesters were engaged in a running battle on the outskirts of the Bahraini capital Manama. Practice for the Grand Prix is scheduled to begin on Friday, with the main race taking place on Sunday.

Mr Alexander said: “F1 bosses should call off the scheduled Bahrain Grand Prix. 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.”

And a new report by a leading human rights group said torture and ill-treatment are continuing in the Gulf kingdom. Amnesty International said it had evidence of people being kept in prison for participating in anti-government protests without using violence.

It found that security forces continue to respond to demonstrations with excessive force, and that a 14-year-old boy and 81-year-old woman died after tear gas was fired into their homes in recent months.

In a report, the campaigning charity said that the Bahraini authorities were “more concerned with rebuilding their image” than introducing human rights and political reforms. It concluded that recommendations made by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) in November have been “only partially and superficially” implemented.

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. The clashes, on the third day of mourning for the death of local cameraman Ahmed Ismael Hassan Al Samadi, were similar to what has regularly taken place in recent months.

A 2,000-strong group including men, women and children marched through the streets calling for the end of the reign of King Hamad, whose minority Sunni government rules over a majority Shia population.

See also here.

Bahrain ‘more interested in image than human rights’: here.

F1: F1 journalists turn war reporters in Bahrain: here.

Teargas, petrol bombs and riot police: How MirrorSport‘s Byron Young escaped the violence in Bahrain: here.

Sport as propaganda: Bahrain’s vile Grand Prix: here.

Bahrain Grand Prix 2012: ‘no Formula One over our blood’ cry protesters ahead of weekend’s race: here.

While the US and its allies declare the ceasefire in Syria a failure and invoke human rights and democracy to justify stepped up intervention, these same powers turn a blind eye to the escalating crackdown in Bahrain: here.

The Council on Foreign Relations is the most establishment of foreign policy think tanks in Amreeka, and we know the US military establishment loves Bahrain, its Saudi backers and the nice naval base it provides. Still, considering the repression of protestors, the torture, the kidnappings, and all that oppression by a kleptocratic ruling family representing the minority of the population, how come CFR’s Ed Husain is so gung-ho about the Khalifas? Here.

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