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The Formula One Grand Prix Race set for Sunday in Bahrain has drawn attention to the island nation that was rocked by protests last year. Demonstrators are being kept away from the racing circuit. Driver Nico Rosberg of the Mercedes team is shown here during a practice session Friday.
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Anti-government protesters chant slogans in Manama, Bahrain, on Thursday. Security forces have fanned out to prevent demonstrators from disrupting Sunday's Formula One race.
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Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, shown here at a Formula One practice session Friday, says canceling the race would be giving in to "extremists."
Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 1:50 pm
A year after an uprising threatened Bahrain's monarchy, the royal family is hosting a Formula One Grand Prix race this Sunday as it attempts to show life has returned to normal.
But racing fans will have to make their way through ranks of police and soldiers who are part of a heavy security presence. And riot police have been using tear gas, stun grenades and birdshot to hold back demonstrations around the capital city, Manama.