Bahraini forces clash with anti-F1 protesters
Bahraini protesters and protesters against 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix have clashed on Friday as Al Kalifa regime continues its crackdown against peaceful protesters demanding their rights.
Publish date : Sunday 8 April 2018 09:56
Bahraini troops fired tear gas and used water cannon to disperse
Attention #BahrainGP fans: Behind the glamour of the Grand Prix is years of crackdown on dissent. As star drivers line up on the grid, activists lie behind bars for peaceful expression. Join us in calling on @moi_bahrain and @Khaled_Bin_Ali to free prisoners of conscience now! pic.twitter.com/Gp9jxzSAhw
— Amnesty Bahrain (@aibahrain) April 6, 2018
the peaceful protesters in the town of Bilad al-Qadeem on Friday.
In response, the protesters targeted the regime forces with Molotov cocktails.
The Bahrain Grand Prix has been held since 2004, with the exception of 2011, when the popular uprising began in the Persian Gulf country.
Human rights activists slam Bahrain’s hosting of the Formula One as a failed attempt to restore Manama’s international image tarnished by rights violations. The activists’ voices, however, have been silenced to protect the financial interests from Bahrain’s biggest sporting event that is watched by a worldwide audience of millions.
Additionally on Friday, Amnesty International’s branch in Bahrain called on fans of the F1 motor race to demand that the Manama regime free prisoners of conscience.
Since February 14, 2011, Bahraini people have been holding peaceful protest rallies on an almost daily basis, demanding that the Al Khalifah family relinquish power and let a just system representing all Bahrainis be established.
Bahrainis have also been complaining against widespread discrimination against the Shia majority in the kingdom.
Manama has responded to the protests with lethal force, drawing international criticism.
Bahraini authorities have further detained human rights campaigners, broken up major opposition political parties and revoked the nationality of several activists.