Bahrain villagers protest against F1 race as memory of last year's riots casts cloud on approaching Grand Prix
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Bahrain villagers protest against the controversial Formula 1 race | Mail Online
Tensions in Bahrain are beginning to run high again with the controversial Grand Prix circus soon to return to the country.
After the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 14, the multi-million pound race will descend upon Bahrain again on April 21.
This picture, taken on Easter Sunday, shows foreign labourers in the village of Barbar, west of the capital Manama, collecting equipment against a wall sprayed with graffiti in protest at the upcoming race.
The controversial race took place last year in the middle of fierce anti-government protests and the race track had to be heavily guarded by police, dogs and armoured vehicles to keep activists away.
On the day before last year’s race, protests intensified after the body of a Shia man killed in overnight clashes with security forces was discovered on a rooftop.
Many protesters wanted the race to be cancelled, but the government was determined it would go ahead, while demonstrators set up barricades of burning tyres and police fired tear gas.
Unrest in Bahrain
Bahrain's Shia majority are demanding rights and opportunities equal to those of the Sunni minority that rules Bahrain.
Police are accused of using teargas on Shia demonstrators who have campaigned that they deserve better treatment.
Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa owns the rights to the Grand Prix.
The 2011 race was cancelled after the authorities launched a punishing crackdown on dissent and hundreds of citizens were tried on anti-state charges.
Last year, Sauber reported that a number of their personnel had been confronted by masked protesters.
A car used by Force India mechanics was targeted by a petrol bomb. Luckily, nobody was hurt in the incident.