Any hope of the Bahrain Grand Prix being run in 2011 appear to be over after a three-month state of emergency was declared in the Gulf state.
The announcement was made in a televised broadcast on Tuesday and comes a day after troops from Saudi Arabia and the UAE were called in to help restore order and guard key facilities after more political protests took place.
According to the BBC
, protestors have blocked all roads into the financial centre of the capital city Manama following weekend clashes that left more than 200 people injured, with those seeking to overthrow the ruling royal family feeling that the decision to bring in troops from elsewhere was a 'declaration of war'.
The televised announcement revealed that armed forces have been authorised to 'take all necessary measures to protect the safety of the country and its citizens', with the three month state of emergency running beyond the deadline set by the FIA for the country to say if it would be able to safely host an F1 race this year.
With the situation as it is, there would appear to be no chance of the necessary guarantees being given before 1 May, which would lead to the event being officially removed from the calendar.