Law enforcement in Bahrain is once again cracking down on pro-democracy protesters ahead of the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix. The Formula One race focuses the world's attention on the Middle Eastern kingdom each year, and protesters take the occasion to demonstrate against the ruling family.

This year, human rights organizations cried foul after the government arrested 70 people in a preemptive move to quell unrest. Around 20 people from the Dar Klaib and Shanrakan villages near the Bahrain International Circuit have been detained along with a further 50 individuals from Aldeir and Sameheij closer to the airport.

Some of the detainees are known journalists and photographers, and contrary to the government's hopes, the arrests have seemingly served to fuel the protests. Demonstrators hold that the F1 race lends legitimacy to the current government while the ruling party continues to oppress its people.

You can watch the full news report below for more information. The Bahrain GP is slated to take place on April 21.



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      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      How long until the contract with Bahrain is up? Surely the last thing F1/FIA wants to be deal with is this can of worms.
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      From what I read in mainstream media, the protestors that have encountered the peacekeepers have become guests and have taken up residence in the resorts run by the peacekeepers. Sounds like a good place to be guests of the peacekeeper.
      nismokid02
      • 1 Year Ago
      The country (and its issues) probably gets more international attention by having the race. So by not canceling the race, Bernie is actually doing a good thing?
        Dominick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nismokid02
        Don't give him any moral credit, he just likes the paycheck
      MERLIN
      • 1 Year Ago
      there are more people than rulers. fix the problem
      Chaoss Starter
      • 1 Year Ago
      they are pro-Iran not pro-democracy
        gooniz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chaoss Starter
        exactly
        Shinkaze
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chaoss Starter
        "they are pro-Iran not pro-democracy" This is exactly the type of Fox-Zombie-thinking that leads to American ignorance of global issues.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I understand the Bahrainis complaints, the media makes them out to be innocent victims. Their methods are no better than the law enforcement, and I wish that would be recognized. Most of the people posting on here have never been to Bahrain. The violence goes both ways. While there are definitely exceptions, the police usually don't beat down peaceful protesters. The protesters burn tires, throw Molotov cocktails, and even use IEDs. Both the majority and minority treat third country nationals (usually Asian, Indian, and Pakistani labor) like garbage, so I'm not sure how the media can continue to portray this as a struggle for democracy and how the minority is exempt from "human rights" violations as well. There is conflict and fault on both sides. I'll be going to the race because I enjoy Formula 1. Racing is not, and should not, be associated with politics.
      ChrisD
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wont watch this round IF they dont cancel it like last year.
      ga7smi
      • 1 Year Ago
      formula one goes where the money is - the people living in those places can take care of their own problems
      matthewmaylin F1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really the solution is simple, have the Grand Prix this year as it is so close. But next year cancel it as there is much unrest in the country. frankly I was surprises that when the calendar was taken from 20 races to 19 that Bahrain was not cut out. Have the Grand Prix this year but not next year and not until the unrest settles down. Read more on this story at : http://matthewmaylin.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/tear-gas-used-to-stop-bahrain-f1.html or http://matthewmaylin.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/should-f1-go-to-bahrain-next-weekend.html
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know F1 doesn't care. NBC sports won't notice, but I do skip watching the Bahrain race.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        I would say the same, but I know that come Saturday morning I\'ll be watching qualifying on my DVR and Sunday I\'ll be watching the race.
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