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Pressure mounts to cancel Bahrain

Monday 2nd April 2012

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Pressure mounts to cancel Bahrain

Pressure mounts to cancel Bahrain

Pressure is mounting on F1 to cancel this month's Bahrain GP after demonstrators protested against the race resulting in clashes with the police.

On Sunday, dozens of protesters demonstrated in the streets of two Shia villages, Abu Saiba and Tubli. Police reportedly fired tear gas on the crowds and arrested demonstrators.

The protests were aimed specifically against the April 22nd Bahrain GP, which F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is insisting will go ahead.

According to Aljazeera, a youth dressed in a white death shroud and a black hood was filmed reading a statement that said: "We (object to) holding a sports race that belittles the sacrifices of our children and ignores our suffering and wounds.

"Do not tarnish the reputation of the respected auto sport with the blood of Bahrain victims."

Demonstrators have also been using Twitter to get their message across with a campaign devoted to seeing the Formula One grand prix cancelled.

"Stop, my blood is flowing" and "Race over blood" were two slogans posted on Twitter while hash-tags saying "BloodyF1" and "NoF1" are also being used.

Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that one protester was killed this weekend when, according to his cousin, he was shot when "militia members in an unmarked car opened fire on him."

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