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Fri Apr 18 07:33:29 SAST 2014

Bahrain F1 to go ahead despite Anonymous threats

Jan Bornman | 16 April, 2013 10:01
A female protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask participates in an anti-government rally organised by Bahrain's main opposition group Al Wefaq, in the village of Salmabad south of Manama, April 12, 2013.
Image by: HAMAD I MOHAMMED / REUTERS

The hacktivist collective, Anonymous, has joined in the protests against the Formula 1 Grand Prix due to take place this weekend in Bahrain.

Last year, before the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Anonymous issued similar threats as they hacked the sport’s official website and blocked it, as well as leaking personal information of all the attendees at the event.

Anonymous released a statement over the weekend criticising F1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone, and the Bahraini royal family.

“Bernnie Eccelstone and the 'Royal Family' of Bahrain have learned nothing. So we are coming forward this year to wreck your little party again Mr. Eccelstone,” read the statement posted on a pastebin website.

“Anonymous will not stand by and allow you a race fueled by the blood of our freedom-loving comrades in Bahrain.

“We will remove you from the World Wide Web, whether you be Grand Prix or Bahrain government - we shall take it all down,” warned the statement.

Anonymous was joined by human rights groups and NGO’s in Bahrain, who sent letters to all the teams participating in this year’s F1 requesting them to withdraw from the race in protest of human rights violations in the Gulf kingdom.

“We are writing to ask you to rethink your commitment to the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix and pull out of the race. If the race goes ahead, it will be taking place in a country whose government continues to commit gross human rights violations,” read the letter issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), the Bahrain Press Association (BPA), the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), and the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT). The letter was published on the bahrainrights.org website.

Bernie Ecclestone told the BBC that there is no reason for the race not to go ahead this weekend.

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