Bahrain riot police have fired tear gas and stun grenades at Shia protesters who threw petrol bombs during a demonstration against Sunday’s Formula 1 race, witnesses told AFP. Officers have arrested several people accused of stealing and burning cars.
The Bahraini government on Monday approved proposals to impose jail terms of up to 5 years for insulting the country’s king and national symbols. It comes amid protests against the coming F1 race in Manama, as Anonymous warns a new OpBahrain is on.
Twenty Bahraini opposition activists have been arrested in towns near the Gulf country's Sakhir race track, Human Rights Watch said. However, the Bahraini government has denied that any arrests have taken place.
The Russian Marussia Formula One team has unveiled its 2013 car, the MR02, with the power boosting Kinetic Energy Recovery System. Marussia and the now-defunct HRT were the only teams on the grid not to use KERS in 2012.