Bahrain goes ahead with Formula One race despite protesters plans for 'days of rage'

April 18, 2012

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(AP/Hasan Jamali)
In light of continuing human rights abuses, civilians in Bahrain protest the government's decision to host this year's Formula One races.

Bahrain’s monarchy is eager to portray the country as stable and secure as it prepares to host the Formula One race this weekend. Last year, the Bahrain Grand Prix was canceled amidst the brutal crackdown on protesters. Despite calls to cancel this year's race due to concerns of continued human rights abuses, Formula One’s governing body decided to keep the event in place. The Bahrain government insists the race will help unite the country, but anti-government protesters say they’re planning “days of rage” during the two-day event. Sanjeev Bery, the advocacy director for Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA, discusses the controversy surrounding the race.