F1 Bahrain Grand Prix Threatened by Protests... Again
Seen as a propaganda opportunity, the Bahrain GP will mark yet another edition organized under pro-democracy protests, after the government arrested at least 70 people sunday night, when a youth opposition group blew up a car in capital Manama.
The latest Bahrain street protests gave rise to new concerns among FIA representatives, with CEO Bernie Ecclestone claiming he’s willing to join negotiations in order to keep the race trouble-free.
“I’m happy to talk to anybody about this, as I did before. We don't want to see trouble. We don't want to see people arguing and fighting about things we don't understand, because we really don't understand. We don't want to see people repressed as a result of the race. Some people feel it's our fault there are problems. We are extremely sympathetic to them. Don't forget, I was the one, when we had apartheid in South Africa, who pulled the race,” Ecclestone said.
The 2013 Bahrain GP is set to take place Sunday, April 21. The Sakhir Circuit is hosting the event since 2004, but the 2011 edition was cancelled due to civil unrest.
Story via TheGuardian