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Days of rage against Formula One in Bahrain

Issue No. 2300

Protesters in Bahrain undermined the Formula One grand prix last weekend by holding three “days of rage”.

They marched and burned tyres to make sure the media could not ignore state repression and treat the race just as a “sporting event”.

One demonstrator, Salah Abbas Habib, was shot dead on the protests. The race was only able to proceed because the grand prix circuit was surrounded by armoured vehicles, troops and sniffer dogs. Local villages were kept under curfew and police fired tear gas and rubber bullets through the weekend.

Some protesters were arrested as they tried to march to Pearl Roundabout, the centre of the anti-government uprising last year.

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