Today, outside an exhibit promoting this weekend's race, protestors were again assaulted, this time with flash grenades and rubber bullets. Sure it's a step down from lethal force, but these aren't party favors and are rightfully called "less-than-lethal" methods here in the US. So far 80 of approximately 200 protestors have been arrested to meet fates we can't even begin to imagine. Afterwards, in defiant ignorance, Ecclestone proclaimed Bahrain to be, "quiet and peaceful." This seems to counter statements by citizens like Nabeel Rajab who was quoted in a Guardian UK article, ""Quite often they beat me. Attack my family, attack with teargas, beat me up... we had four dead ducks in my garden because of the tear gas every day."
"People here are getting killed, and with F1 here we feel like they are driving on our blood, on our bodies." -unnamed protestor via Huffington Post UK
One perhaps unforeseen advantage of the race actually continuing with worldwide coverage this Sunday is the fact that a massive, multi-billion dollar industry will shine it's spotlight on the region thus revealing the horrific anti-democracy acts for the whole world to see.
In the meantime, here's our not-so-subtle message to Bernie Ecclestone, Fuck you and fuck Formula-1, at least until you get your morals straight. We were really looking forward to Austin. Thanks dick.
Update: Bahrain Grand Prix; Thousands Demand Cancellation (BBC News)