F1 » King Hamad to attend GP despite protests

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa intends to be at the Bahrain GP, insisting that he remains open to talks with opposition groups.

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April 22, 2012 11:04 AM

Might be safer for the participants if the King wasn't there. The King himself is politicising the event by saying the race will help unify the nation, which it clearly won't. All the King has managed to do by that kind of statement is guarantee the F1 event itself is the new focus of the domestic politics.

pcxmac - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 11:23 AM

safety is an illusion. people buy in to it because they want to believe they are secure in their persons or goods. Illusions help control populations of peoples.

Clearly the king is not as good at manipulating the shia majority in his country. Some people might actually find that refreshing, but for the control freaks out there, and there are many of them, they will keep pretending like they know what the score is.

I say good for the king, the combatants throwing molotovs get enough coverage on youtube, sabotaging their own efforts through the employment of violence. I say its time for the King to get some lime light of his own.

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