About a quarter of the staff of BIC, host of Bahrain F1, were arrested
Last Update 2 June 2011
Financial Times wrote on 23 May 2011:
The government-owned Bahrain International Circuit is due to host the Formula 1 race. But about a quarter of its staff – all Shia – were arrested in early April and most have since been suspended or sacked, according to one of those detained who declined to be named for fear of retribution. The group included three women and two senior staff, he told the Financial Times.
“They were all slapping and kicking me as they led me down the corridor,” he says of the police, who conceal their identities by using Shia nicknames.
“He [the policeman] put my head between his legs, flipped me on to the floor – and then the beatings really began,” according to the detainee, who still has bruises on his kidney and upper back. The beatings worsened if he did not admit he had visited the roundabout, taken orders from Shia politicians, or seen weapons, he said.
BIC declined to comment. One person close to the government says the employees were sacked for cheering the cancellation of the race. The government denies the use of torture.
Detainees of the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC)
BCHR has collected a list of the people arrested from the BIC along with their positions, please find it on the below link: Names and positions of F1 Detainees
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Petition To Red Bull, and other F1 teams
A group has started a petition to Red Bull and other F1 teams to quite Bahrain F1 this year: "We call on you to declare publicly that you won't race in Bahrain this year, because the government has killed and injured hundreds of innocent people who were standing up for their rights. Your reputation, and Formula 1's, will suffer if you reward this deadly regime." Sign the petition
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A group of Facebook users has started a Facebook page to "to pass a message to Mr. Bernie Ecclestone (The President and CEO of Formula One) with the fact that allowing Bahrain to host Formula One is unethical and morally unacceptable and definitely would be a DAY OF RAGE in Bahrain!" facebook.com