If Bahrain authorities thought the protests that have marred its Formula 1 race in the past were behind them, they appear to have miscalculated: Press reports say that local police are once again cracking down on pro-democracy protesters ahead of the this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, arresting a number of people in a pre-emptive move to prevent further protests.
The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights described the government arrests as "attacks carried out by the security authorities," with BRAVO (The Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti-violence Organization) president Nada Deif specifically linking them to the April 19 GP.
"Most of the detainees are activists in the fields of journalism documenting and photography," Deif told CNN.
Anti-government protests failed to prevent the running of the Bahrain GP last year, which went ahead although nearby streets were blocked with burning tires and trash.
Protests in Bahrain began in February 2011, spurred by similar uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.