Bahrain F1 Gets Green Light Amid Human Rights Protest Fears
By Community | February 16, 2011
The Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain is still set to go-ahead amid fears that violent human rights protests will target the opening race of the F1 season to attract attention to their cause.
The race is scheduled to take place next month on March 13 at the Sakhir circuit, with the 12 teams set to travel for final pre-season tests on March 3. The civil unrest in the nation has seen two people lose their lives to date.
A spokesman for motor sport’s governing body, the FIA, stated: “We are monitoring the situation with the promoters and the authorities. The plan is for the grand prix to go ahead but our main concern will always be the safety of the teams and the spectators.”
Nabeel Rajab, the vice‑president of the campaign group – Bahrain Center for Human Rights, told the Arabian Business publication: “For sure F1 is not going to be peaceful this time. There’ll be lots of journalists, a lot of people looking and [the government] will react in a stupid manner as they did today and yesterday. And that will be bloody but will be more publicised. This will not stop, especially now when people [have] died. I don’t think it’s going to stop easily.”