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Stop idling--don’t give Bahrain the Grand Prix

Bahrain Athletes

The crackdown in Bahrain shows no sign of relenting. More than 800 people have been detained and four have already died in police custody.

Formula 1 auto racing is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, with over half a billion viewers last year. This year's spring season was set to open with the Bahrain Grand Prix, but the crackdown caused F1 to postpone its 2011 race. F1 needs to send the right message to the Bahraini regime—that the world does not stand with repressive governments.

Authorities will decide tomorrow, June 3, whether to grant Bahrain a delayed 2011 race. Continuing attacks on peaceful protesters show Bahrain is incapable of hosting a major international sporting event and should not be rewarded for abusing human rights. Granting the Grand Prix to a repressive regime will disappoint F1 fans everywhere. It should not turn a blind eye to torture, disappearances, and deaths of peaceful protesters.

Sign the petition and send a message to CEO Bernie Ecclestone. Tell him to set Formula 1 on the right track by canceling the Bahrain Grand Prix.


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2021 6.9 years ago Carolyn Macdonell-Kelly Pickering, ON
2020 6.9 years ago Steve Breyman Niskayuna, NY
2019 6.9 years ago Erica Feliciano Linden, NJ
2018 6.9 years ago Joe Keller Chesterfield, MO
2017 6.9 years ago Michael DiMola Floral Park, NY
2016 6.9 years ago Lois Hybl Hybl Baltimore, MD
2015 6.9 years ago Ahmad Kasim CO
2014 6.9 years ago Cile Messer Macon, GA
2013 6.9 years ago Janice Buehler Billings, MT
2012 6.9 years ago Penelope Bartell Boulder, CO
2011 6.9 years ago Robert Brown Fircrest, WA
2010 6.9 years ago Vel Santic Pittsburgh, PA
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2008 6.9 years ago Phillip Wood Columbia, Missouri
2007 6.9 years ago Richard Geiger Davenport, IA
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2005 6.9 years ago Kathleen McGrath Massapequa Park, NY
2004 6.9 years ago J Gerlings WA
2003 6.9 years ago Roberta Schonemann West Lafayette, IN
2002 6.9 years ago David Shaw Jackson, MI
2001 6.9 years ago Stephen Hood Plain City, OH
2000 6.9 years ago Kathy Slaughter Grand Junction, CO
1999 6.9 years ago Meg Mishler Fort Lauderdale, FL
1998 6.9 years ago Liz D'imperio Pelham, NY
1997 6.9 years ago John Doyle New York, NY
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