Human Rights groups are warning that displays of public unrest could accompany F1's return to Bahrain in October, following the decision to reinstate the race on the 2011 calendar.

Amid claims that ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations continue to be forcibly quelled even as the FIA was announcing the switch of dates that will see Bahrain take up the October slot previously allocated to India - and the newest addition to the F1 firmament move to become the season finale - the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights has warned of calls for a 'Day of Rage' to coincide with the sport's return.

According to Britain's Daily Mirror, the action would include widespread demonstrations and civil unrest, despite previous protests having been met with force, resulting in more than 30 fatalities, hundreds of arrests and ongoing claims of human rights abuses since the uprising first began in February.

"We have buried two bodies today who were victims of the government oppression," Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said as the reinstatement of the grand prix was announced, "It is a very sad moment to hear that [F1] feels that their benefits and their interests are more important than the human rights of people in this region.

"It's very upsetting and the people are very upset and already they have called a day of that racing as a Day of Rage where you come out everywhere, in every city of Bahrain, to show anger towards the Bahrain government, what the Bahrain regime is doing towards their own people."

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Motorsport's governing body has claimed that it received 'unanimous' approval to return to Bahrain following a report of 'a stable situation' from FIA vice-president Carlos Gracia, even though there appears to be resistance from within the sport itself.

Red Bull's Mark Webber has already voiced his concerns, while FOTA, the teams association, is to hold further talks on the issue ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, having already highlighted both logistical and ethical reasons not to hold the race this season.

FIA president Jean Todt has claimed that support for the reinstatement came from all parties in Bahrain, including the opposition groups behind the uprising, but UK sports minister Hugh Robertson points out that there may be good reason for the pro-democracy faction to come out in favour of a return.

"You cannot have a situation where politics overtakes sport," he told Reuters,/i>, "If that happens, you have a disaster on your hands. You can understand why opposition groups might want the race to go ahead if they are planning protests around it and this is a danger."

The Bahraini News Association, meanwhile, has heralded the FIA's announcement, quoting a range of businessmen who, not unsurprisingly, all see F1's return as a boost, not only for tourism and the economy, but also for the morale of the country as a whole.

The race, in its original March 2011 slot, was expected to have attracted 100,000 visitors, created 3000 jobs and generated around $500m of economic benefit, although those figures could be altered second time around by the continuing tension within the kingdom.

"This is an excellent opportunity for the government and citizens of Bahrain to showcase our country to the world of our spirit to participate in one of the prestigious events," Al Hajji Gallery CEO Hussain Hajji commented, "This will definitely bring around a total change in the economic conditions and the whole country will bubble with enthusiasm and energy.

"This will encourage and boost our travel and retail business community . Our markets will resemble the old days with tourists and visitors flocking to the see the culture and the friendly atmosphere, we Bahrainis are proud of.

"We thank everyone who are directly or indirectly involved in the reinstating the F1 to Bahrain inspite of the problems that we have faced over the past few months. We are delighted with the confidence the world community has shown us and we assure all concerned that their faith and trust will not go waste and this will be one of the best F1 races to be held in the year 2011."

eMarketing consultant Ali Mohammed Al Sabbagh claimed that the situation within Bahrain had been exaggerated by the foreign media, damaging Bahrain's image internationally.

"I believe that the announcement of the reinstatement of the Bahrain Grand Prix is a significant reason to celebrate what resembles the reinstatement of respect and trust of Bahrain among the international community," he noted.

"Bearing in mind that our beloved country has lost millions of dollars, and most of business owners suffered huge blows with many are in debt from the recent political crisis, we do not see this as just a matter of hosting a major sport event, but also as a hope that Bahrain is ready to move on towards reconciliation and rebuilding what it has been lost and damaged. And as we all know, the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix will pump millions of dollars into our suffered economy."