Tension between the government and protestors have left one person dead, and there are major security concerns for the teams involved in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.
A man was found dead on a roof top on Friday, apparently beaten to death by riot police in a crackdown by the Bahrain government on anti-government protesters. The ruling Sunni Muslim government has been clashing with Shi-ite Muslim protestors, who feel like they have been oppressed and denied economic opportunities, since early last year.
Protestors feel the country is still reeling from unrest that caused the cancellation of last year's race. Clashs between the police and anti-government protestors led to the death of 35 people last year. Since then, the country invited an independent commission to suggest reforms, and while they have adopted some of the commission's suggestions, protesters feel the government hasn't done enough. British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged the Bahraini government permit peaceful protests.
Concerns for driver security are rising while a passive aggressive war is waging between the F1 governing bodies and one of the teams participating in the race. Some of the members of the Force India team were caught between protestors and police on Wednesday on the way back to the hotel, and a petrol bomb was thrown at their car. On Friday, Force India drivers skipped a practice session to ensure their team could get back to their hotel safely before dark. Two Force India drivers were completely left off the world wide broadcast during a qualifying run on Saturday, despite one of the cars finishing in the top ten.