Bahrain opposition urges more protests ahead of F1 race
“I am calling on people to share peaceful protests to send a message to the world about our demand for peaceful democratic reform,” said Sheikh Ali Salman, head of Bahrain’s al-Wefaq opposition group, on Wednesday.
Salman further urged Bahrainis to take advantage of the spotlight shone on the kingdom due to the international racing event to showcase their message of change.
“I am against violence. Our protest is to take place today, tomorrow and on Friday,” the al-Wefaq leader said.
Khalil al-Marzouq, a leading figure of the al-Wefaq party, also said tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in the main anti-regime demonstration, which is scheduled to be held on Friday.
“These demonstrations show that the movement continues and the demands have not been met yet. Obviously, the presence of the media for the Formula One helps shed the spotlight on Bahrain,” Marzouq added.
Bahrain is preparing to host the Formula One Grand Prix on April 19-21.
Over the past days, thousands of Bahrainis have taken to the streets across the country to express opposition to the sporting event.
Bahrainis say Formula One governing body, the FIA, should cancel the event in Bahrain over the ongoing crackdown by the Al Khalifa regime on the peaceful protests.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
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