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Bahrain protester found dead on eve of Grand Prix - BAHRAIN - FRANCE 24

REUTERS - A Bahraini man was found dead on Saturday after clashes with riot police in the village of Shakhoura, the opposition party Wefaq said, a day before Bahrain's Formula One Grand Prix race.

Violence has escalated in the run-up to the Grand Prix, a prestigious event cancelled in Bahrain last year due to political turmoil. State officials count on the running of this year's race to signal to the world a return to normalcy in the Gulf Arab state, a stance rejected by opposition protesters.

Wefaq named the dead demonstrator as Salah Abbas Habib, 37, and said his body was found on the roof of a building. Wefaq said Habib was part of a group who were beaten by police during clashes late on Friday night.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:33:02 PM EST
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Critics blast 'surreal' Bahrain Grand Prix | World | DW.DE | 21.04.2012
"It's surreal that an international Grand Prix is taking place in a country where human rights abuses abound," Richard Sollom, who tracks Bahrain at Washington-based watchdog Physicians for Human Rights, told DW. "The people attending the race will never see it. The government has done a great job walling off the areas where there's tear gas being used."

..."The crackdown has become harsher because of F1, so in part we're blaming them for the injuries and arrests," Maryam al-Khawaja, head of the foreign relations office at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, told DW. "We received reports that young boys were arrested and tortured in prison, some as young as 17. So we're definitely putting it on the shoulders of Ecclestone and F1."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:33:11 PM EST
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the grand prix is an assault on human rights... to breathe clean air.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 05:14:13 PM EST
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Robert Fisk: This is politics not sport. If drivers can't see that, they are the pits - Robert Fisk - Commentators - The Independent
When the Foreign Office urges British motor racing fans to stay away from Bahrain, this ain't no sporting event, folks, it's a political one. The Bahraini authorities prove it by welcoming sports reporters but refusing visas to other correspondents who want to tell the world what's going on in this minority-run, Saudi-dominated kingdom.

But what do our lads tell us from the circuit, 25 miles from the Bahraini capital, Manama? Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are only in it for sport. Bahraini repression of its democratic majority? Nothing to do with us, governor. And Sebastian Vettel? "I think it's a lot of hype." Hype? HYPE? The Arab Awakening came to Bahrain a year ago, a majority Shia people demanding a democratically elected government - with a minority Sunni monarch still at its head, for heaven's sake, as generous an Arab Spring as you could find - and it's met with police gunfire, torture and death. And Master Vettel - is there anything left of the old cliché "moral compass"? - claims "it's a lot of hype". What a disgraceful man.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:33:20 PM EST
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Racing drivers are notoriously clueless. I remember seeing an interview with Jensen Button where he admitted he'd never heard of the Spice girls. This was at the height of their fame.

They live in a petrol fume filled bubble and all else is exclued.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 05:23:23 AM EST
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Just one?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 07:05:53 AM EST
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