F1: Don't race in Bahrain!

To Mercedes and other F1 teams:

As the Bahraini government continues to kill, injure and imprison peaceful protesters, we call on you to safeguard your reputation, and Formula 1's by agreeing not to race in Bahrain this year. The Grand Prix should only return to Bahrain once it's released and compensated political prisoners and taken verifiable steps towards democracy.
 
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Posted: 17 January 2012
This week, the Bahrain government is desperately trying to cover up its crackdown and show it’s now fit to host the Grand Prix. But if we expose their abuses, we can keep wavering F1 teams out of brutal Bahrain.

Six months ago the regime was shooting protesters and Avaaz got F1 teams to unanimously refuse to race in Bahrain. Now the Bahrain government is again trying to whitewash its image. But this weekend a young boy's mutilated body washed up on the beach -- a tragic sign of continued repression of democracy activists. We know Red Bull and Mercedes care what we think -- let's call on them to stop the race again until independent observers say regime violence is over and democratic voices are free.

We have only days before the decision. Let's stop the Bahrain F1 and show the regime that only an end to brutality will unblock business. Sign the urgent petition now and send this to everyone -- when we reach 200,000 signatures, we’ll deliver directly to the teams.

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