F1 » Protests take place as F1 arrives in Bahrain

Protestors make their voice known about the Bahrain Grand Prix as F1 personnel start to arrive in the Gulf state

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SADSack - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 9:17 AM

It's SAD and shouldn't have been green lighted. People are being treated in an inhuman behaviour - F1 should have sactioned the RACE till the issues were sorted.

Hope Bernine enjoys his blood money !!!!

I won't be watching this one -

paul - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 9:36 AM

All Bernine wants is the money this race should have been cancelled but that is Brnine he has no feeling for them people in bahrain the teams did not want to go

Talpa - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 10:15 AM

Slightly inaccurate report. No F1 personnel (and I'm one of them) have seen any protests so far. It was reporters that went out of their way to visit the areas where protests were held (the times and dates are published on the UK Foreign office travel website).
Thats not to say things wont change later in the week and, for what its worth, I dont think the sport should risk its reputation, but this is just the usual Crash sensationalism.

democracy? - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 10:18 AM

the protesters say they want a democratic state right ? then why the women are separated from the men ? why most of them have their faces covered ? that's not very democratic and also not in the spirit of human rights. you may downvote me all you like but think a bit, there is a bigger agenda there than what is presented on tv. and funny how nobody was protesting 4 months ago and exactly when the race was getting closer the protests begin. fia and f1 should not interfere in politics and they are not doing it while the so called freedom fighters are desperately trying to involve the sport into their agenda and trow dirt at it. and yea bernie, fia, ferrari, red bull they all want money because without money we would not have f1, football or anything else for that matter.

hotshoe - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 10:29 AM

Talpa The problem is that since the protests started last year, it is the government which has used force, often extreme violence, against the protesters.
I wrote to Bernie, whom I have known for many years, and told him repeatedly that it was a mistake to go.
F1 risks it's reputation because the government of Bahrain will try to make it appear that F1 supports the rulers.
So F1 will be racing on the blood of those who have died protesting against a brutal regime.
I will not be watching.

Caroline - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 10:55 AM

There was a big sporting event in Bahrain at the weekend involving Tim Henman, Colin Montgomerie, Ruud Guilit and Gianluca Vialli ... I wonder why the protesters weren't protesting that.


April 18, 2012 11:35 AM

hotshoe. so the protestors are not using force, or guns etc?

caroline. presumably there was no tv coverage at the event, so there would not be much point in making a show

democracy. whether we approve of it or not, the country, and most middle east countries, have cultures that are different to ours, so their democracy is entirely different to western democracy. but oddly enough, even our western culture is learning to respect others. look at all the anti discrimination laws in uk.

Esteban - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 12:13 PM

Objectively, the race going to Bahrain is absolutely the best thing that could have happened for the general populus. Short of a violent revolution the only thing that will sort out the situation is continued international interest and pressure, which will only happen if there is a reason for the world to have their eyes on the place. Take last year - as soon as the race was cancelled, discussion about the country dropped to almost zero. There are plenty of countries in much worse states than Bahrain that just get ignored because there is no reason for the rest of the world to think about them. Whether it's the right thing for F1 is a different matter, but it is definitely the right thing for the country.

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