Bahraini opposition backs holding Formula One race

June 3, 2011 11:42


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MANAMA - Bahrain's main opposition said on Friday it supported the Gulf Arab state hosting a Formula One Grand Prix despite a government crackdown and the jailing of protesters, including some who worked at the race track.

US-based Human Rights Watch has said the sport's governing body should weigh a heavy crackdown on opposition activists during 11 weeks of martial law when it decides in Barcelona later in the day whether to hold the prestigious race.

Bahrain's Sunni royal family imposed military rule for three months and brought in Saudi and United Arab Emirates troops in mid-March to help quell protests mostly by majority Shi'ites.

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