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Bahrain's Grand Prix Sparks Human Rights Protests

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Formula 1’s annual Bahrain Grand Prix opened April 17 to global fanfare, but demonstrators in the small Gulf kingdom off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia have been protesting the motorsports event for weeks, accusing Formula 1’s management of ignoring longstanding human rights abuses in the country.

This year’s race comes at an awkward time for Bahrain’s ruling al Khalifa family. On April 2, Nabeel Rajab — one of the country’s most prominent human rights activists — was arrested on charges of insulting the kingdom. VICE News was with Rajab shortly before his arrest, when he accused Western governments of turning a blind eye to Bahraini government abuse.

Back in London, activists continue to rally against Britain’s conduct in Bahrain. VICE News met up with members of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy as they protested the arrival of Prince Nassar bin Hamad al Khalifa — nicknamed the “Playboy Prince” — who has been accused of being involved with the torture of political prisoners.


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One of the Arab Spring, and human rights revolutions that is still happening. One of the protests and revolutions that is happening that many of the western world ignores.
 

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I do not see the protestors drowning out the money involved with F1, further I do not see this being a key movement the forces change. It may be sad, but I am having trouble seeing this another way.
 

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I do not see the protestors drowning out the money involved with F1, further I do not see this being a key movement the forces change. It may be sad, but I am having trouble seeing this another way.
The thing is, the Barhaini protestors have been a constant voice, they have beenc onstantly protesting since 2011. Its only when major cultural events happen do they recieve media coverage.
 

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One of the Arab Spring, and human rights revolutions that is still happening. One of the protests and revolutions that is happening that many of the western world ignores.
Is the behavior worse than letting thousands drown in the Mediterranean thus preventing entry into European countries? Shouldn't the protesters be demdemonstrating against their own sports clubs for acting in collusion with the governments in the EU supporting the and managing this atrocity?
 

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I really despise the Bahraini regime, such a government should not enjoy the prestige of of the Grand Prix as long as it continues to discriminate against the Shia majority.
 

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The thing is, the Barhaini protestors have been a constant voice, they have beenc onstantly protesting since 2011. Its only when major cultural events happen do they recieve media coverage.
And that should tell us all something about the likelihood of actual change. Don't get me wrong, I do not like this anymore than you do... just looking at the practical possibilities here given whom we are talking about.
 
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