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London protest against Formula One in Bahrain


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3 May 2012

On Sunday 22 April 2012, the day of the Formula 1, people protested outside the F1 Head Quarters in London at Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's decision to ignore the plight of the Bahraini people and support the Bahrani dictatorship by holding the 2012 Formula 1 in Bahrain.



Since February 2011 when the Bahrani monarchy brutally crushed the Arab Spring demonstrations, at least seventy people including women, children and the elderly have been killed by Bahraini security forces and Saudi-led troops. There are at present at least six-hundred political prisoners in Bahrain, including many opposition leaders. Activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for over seventy days.

It is clear that democratic reform is not under-way in Bahrain. The Grand Prix is being used as a political tool by the Bahraini regime to legitimise its disregard for human rights, and as a smokescreen to cloak its brutality. The situation is increasingly dire.

To hold the Grand Prix in Bahrain is a gross insult to the Bahraini people whose calls for freedom have been callously ignored by a regime that continues to murder, torture, arrest and intimidate ordinary people.


Video: Protest against F1 in Bahrain, London 22 April 2012



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'we are dying, you are racing'



'F1 supporting killing in Bahrain'



'Shame on you Bernie'






'Free Bahrain'



The F1 HQ is across the road (the modern building)



lots of Bahraini flags





















'crimes of Al Khalifa & Al Saud'









Al-Khawaja : Over 60 days on hunger strike.."
























Press TV - the only media covering the protest



Press TV - the only media covering the protest



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