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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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Number Date Name Organization Location
1971 7.1 years ago Crystal Conklin Medford, OR
1970 7.1 years ago Perry Levin Rockville, MD
1969 7.1 years ago Lorelei Kelly New Strategic Security Initiative Washington, DC
1968 7.1 years ago Steve Schueth Chicago, IL
1967 7.1 years ago Karina Black Boulder, CO
1966 7.1 years ago Daniel Rivas
1965 7.1 years ago Marlene Wallace South Burlington, VT
1964 7.1 years ago Laura Borst Houston , TX
1963 7.1 years ago Lo Auer Columbia, MO
1962 7.1 years ago Virginia Douglas Elyria, OH
1961 7.1 years ago mark lopes rutherford, NJ
1960 7.1 years ago susan aaronson VA
1959 7.1 years ago Joan Sitomer Ypsilanti, MI
1958 7.1 years ago Areil Larsen San Luis Obispo, CA
1957 7.1 years ago Christina Williams Arnoldsville, GA
1956 7.1 years ago Leslee Goodman Alchemy Ojai, CA
1955 7.1 years ago Gerry Cunningham Murrieta, CA
1954 7.1 years ago Khareen Raisin
1953 7.1 years ago Thomas Keenan Wilmette, IL
1952 7.1 years ago Belinda Poropudas San Rafael, CA
1951 7.1 years ago Chris Cromeans San Antonio, TX
1950 7.1 years ago Kent Manis Dalton, GA
1949 7.1 years ago Michael Presley Rockwall, TX
1948 7.1 years ago Stephen orsary Corte madera, CA
1947 7.1 years ago K Brown Chantilly, VA
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