Grenades fired as violence hits Bahrain Grand Prix preparations

BAHRAIN’S hopes of staging this week’s Formula One Grand Prix without disruption were hit when violent clashes erupted at an event to mark the race yesterday.

Security forces fired stun grenades at anti-government protesters at a cultural exhibition in the capital Manama, forcing people to scurry for cover.

Demonstrators expressed their anger at the race, which takes place on Sunday despite security concerns and opposition from human rights groups.

Last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix was postponed and later cancelled due to unrest in the Gulf state, where a Shiite majority is rising up against the Sunni monarchy.