Protester Found Dead ahead of Bahrain F1 Start

World | April 21, 2012, Saturday // 15:31|  views

Tear gas fills the air Friday, April 20, near a damaged billboard for the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix (r.) as riot police prevent Bahraini antigovernment protesters from marching toward the hub of last spring's pro-democracy uprising at the end of a ma

A Bahraini man has been found dead after clashes with riot police in the village of Shakhoura, just a day before the Formula One Grand Prix in the country.

According to Bahrain's main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq, the 37-year-old man's body was found on the roof of a building. It said Habib was part of a group who were beaten by police during clashes late on Friday night, Al Jazeera reports.

The death came as the royal family reiterated that the F1 event would go ahead as planned despite the ongoing protests by the country's mainly Shia population demanding greater rights. The government has stated that the Grand Prix would act as a unifying force amid the nation's civil unrest.

Bahrain's Interior Ministry says it is launching an investigation. Extensive security measures are now in place in Bahrain in case of more protests, according to international media.

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