SECURITY FORCES HAVE fired stun grenades at anti-government protesters at a cultural exhibition for Bahrain’s Formula One race.
The clashes sent both demonstrators and people attending the exhibit running for cover in a potential blow to Bahrain’s efforts to use this weekend’s race as a sign of stability after 14 months of clashes in the Gulf kingdom.
The protesters chanted slogans against the race, which was canceled last year amid the unrest. They also called for the release of a jailed activist on a hunger strike lasting more than two months.
Bahrain has been hit by near daily violence between security forces and protesters from the country’s Shiite majority seeking to break the Sunni monarchy’s tight grip on power.
Earlier, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali echoed the sentiments of F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, in calling for the staging of this weekend’s event.