Bahrain opposition urges more protests during F1

AP , Saturday 21 Apr 2012

Anti-government groups in Bahrain are calling for more protests even as authorities intensify security on the eve of the Formula One Grand Prix

Social media sites Saturday urged demonstrations as part of an opposition effort to use the world spotlight from the race to press demands for a greater political voice. Bahrain's Shiite majority claims it faces widespread discrimination at the hands of the Western-backed Sunni monarchy.

At least 50 people have died in the unrest since February 2011. On Friday, clashes broke out during a procession by tens of thousands of protesters. Bahrain's leaders vow that Sunday's race will take place. F1 teams were scheduled for practice and qualifying runs Saturday.

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