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Bahrain Grand Prix confirmed despite renewed clashes

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Bahrain Grand Prix confirmed despite renewed clashes


Hundreds of mourners clashed with police in Bahrain on Friday after attending the funeral of a man who was shot during another anti-government protest.

The violence happened on the same day Formula 1 officials confirmed the Bahrain Grand Prix would go ahead on April 22. Last year’s event was cancelled after a pro-democracy movement got underway throughout the Gulf state.

On Friday, protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police. Security forces responded with tear gas. There were no reports of injuries.

A year after the mostly Shi-ite uprising began, protests still flare daily, often ending in violence. At least 1,000 people have been detained. Several have died under torture.

Following international criticism, Bahrain which is dominated by the ruling Khalifa family, vowed to implement reforms. Opposition activists think the measures are little more than window-dressing.

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