Protests to clash with Bahrain GP

Apr 16, 2012, 10:10 IST | AFP

Hundreds of Bahrainis demonstrated yesterday after a Shiite opposition call for a week of pro-democracy protests to coincide with the F1 Grand Prix to be hosted by the Gulf state.

Waving red and white Bahraini flags and holding pictures of jailed Shiite activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is on hunger strike, the protesters called for the ouster of the kingdom’s prime minister — prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, in office since 1971.

Sunday’s protest was the first in a week of daily demonstrations and sit-ins called by Al-Wefaq, Bahrain’s largest Shiite bloc, planned to last through the end of the controversial Grand Prix race scheduled for April 22.  

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