Staging the Bahrain Grand Prix is “a matter of life and death”
By Ahmed Ali – 3 April, 2014
Salah had been protesting the staging of the race when he was arrested. His body was found with multiple large bruises and numerous shotgun pellet wounds. His ribs were broken and dried blood covered his head and body.
The police officer responsible for his murder was acquitted last year.
On the day of Salah’s funeral, thousands of protesters poured onto the streets shouting anti-regime and anti-Formula One slogans. Journalists covering the protests were arrested, detained and deported from Bahrain.
Two days following the death of Salah, the UK’s Channel 4 news team was detained and deported from the country.
Sports and human rights had unified into a single cause for protest as the result of the brutal killing of Salah; the reputation of Formula One and motorsport in general was in tatters.
A year later, the race was back on despite the ever-deteriorating human rights situation. Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone assured media that it was safe for the race to take place in the country.
The Bahraini government racked up its public relations campaign to win over hesitant sponsors. …more