F1 » Bahrain GP: Boycott unnecessary

Following fresh calls from human rights group to boycott the Bahrain Grand Prix, the organisers have insisted that action has been taken by the government in response to evidence of human rights violations.

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Josh - Unregistered

January 09, 2012 6:44 PM

"represents a symbol of national unity."

Yes, indeed. That must explain why the minority Shi'a Muslim population in Bahrain had their neighborhoods sealed off by military from the rest of the world to prevent them from accessing public squares to peacefully protest or stage activism. And why opposition leaders were arrested and jailed without charge or trial. All peace love and mung beans in Bahrain.

David - Unregistered

January 09, 2012 11:17 PM

While I never normally agree with Max Mosley, he hit the nail on the head with this one.

Having a race in Turkey or China or some other place with human rights abuses may raise problems, but at least the race happens entirely separately of those abuses. They have loads of other international events, they are not organised directly by the same people carrying out the abuses.

Whereas the F1 is Bahrain's only international event, and they tried to silence the protests precisely in order that it could take place. Moreover, the race is the ideal symbol of 'no problems here, everything's calm'. In no other country could it serve this propaganda function to the same extent. This means that the race is itself a political football instrumentalised by the regime, and as such, F1 shouldn't touch it.


January 10, 2012 12:46 AM
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i for one am disgusted with what is going on in Bahrain... i wont rant just go youtube it, and when you see all that messed up stuff, just remember that the united states and uk governments are the ones supplying the syrian and bahraini forces that are doing all the torturing and raping... if anything F1 should boycott Bahrain so attention is brought to it for the people instead of assuming that just because you hold the even it is going to be good for the people... they will just go back to getting abused the next day

google earth bahrain and you will see why the people are pissed, half the island is the royals resort the ad the people get to be crammed into a small part... the royals could hold the GP without anyone even showing up so what does that matter


January 10, 2012 4:15 AM

Quite simply, F1 should have nothing to do with Bahrain until this uncivilised, abusive and evil regime is overthrown. If the race goes ahead my silent protest will be to not watch it!

TGC - Unregistered

January 10, 2012 10:23 AM

Just a small point - though maybe not so very small but please be aware that the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights is an opposition political society in Bahrain. Also that very many Shia do not support the protests, a lot of which have been far from peaceful attacks carried by yobs egged on by "leaders" whose motives are not perhaps quite as portrayed. The regime has plenty of faults and is, belatedly, trying to improve matters. It is one of the most liberal in the region and certainly more so than a few other F1 host nations elsewhere, both now and in the past.

FMB - Unregistered

January 16, 2012 10:22 PM

Hi, I live in Bahrain. The protesters are at fault now because they are using violence and terrorism and attacking police. Its a turn around and the Bahrain govnt and policeforce are much more lenient and basically only use tear gas to clear protesters from blocking the streets and to restore law and order. Remember the media was used as a propaganda campaign by the opposition and a lot of the news was fabrications. Remember that AP has anti-government journalists who blow things out of proportion and Bahrain Human Rights office is an anti-government opposition society.

UK and US citizens and foreigners inside Bahrain are against the protests, whereas many UK and US citizens outside Bahrain are with the protests. This is because the true picture of Bahrain was not presented in the news. It was distorted and facts were fabricated due to the biased stance of the news organization and opposition activist/ journalists working in international news organizations in Bahrain. Protests

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