Bahrain's Royalty is counting on the Formula One Grand Prix to refurbish the country's brutal image. But fun at the races might just backfire to the benefit of the thousands who have been arrested and tortured. ....
Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, said the authorities were cracking down on opposition protestors ahead of the race, staging arrests and attacking demonstrators that he alleged was intended to ensure they were still convalescing by the time the Grad Prix begins, April 20.
He said peaceful and legal protests are planned during the race even as he held out hope that the last minute campaign would convince the race organizers to cancel.
"They have put profits and their interests before human rights. The situation [in Bahrain] has worsened. The number of people who were killed from the beginning of the year till now is more than people killed last year," Rajab told The Media Line. If the race goes as planned, it will earn an image as the "a sport of dictators'," he added.