Patrick O. StricklandApril 23, 2013 06:25
Commentary: Shia majority badly treated by Sunni monarchy and its US financers.
Bahraini protesters use a trolley to carry bricks during clashes with riot police following a protest against the Formula One Grand Prix on April 19, 2013 in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama. (Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)
On Friday April 19, thousands of Bahraini protesters were subdued by state violence when they assembled to demonstrate against the Formula One Grand Prix being held in Manama.
Pro-reform protesters from the February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition marched on the capital’s Pearl Roundabout. Clashes broke out when state security forces “fired tear gas and shotguns to disperse the protesters before they neared the area,” reported Al Jazeera English. Demonstrators responded by chucking petrol bombs and stones at police officers, chanting, “Your race is a crime” and “No, no to the blood formula.”