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Bahrain's popular movement received sudden media attention in April when Ecclestone and his Formula One Grand Prix arrived in the Gulf nation for the 2012 edition. However, as soon the race ended journalists and media organisations quickly turned away, leaving Bahrain in a media blackout.
More than 17 months after the beginning of the popular uprising in the Gulf nation, civilians and activists continue demanding democratic reforms and continue being targeted by the regime who has, despite claims, failed to implement human rights reforms.
Every day activists post on Twitter and Facebook videos and photos of abuses committed by the regime. We have gathered a small sample, 15 pictures, which we thought deserved to be seen.
The first picture shows empty tear gas canisters fired by riot police during an anti-regime protest. This photo is followed by a picture showing the excessive use of tear gas by police forces against protesters.
The following pictures show four civilians, including a four-year-old child, who suffered blinding injuries or severe eye injuries after they were either beaten by police forces or received tear gas canisters or birdshot pellets directly in the face. (Photos 3, 4, 5, & 6)
Photo 8 shows a protester was reportedly beaten by riot police with an iron skewer during an anti-F1 protests in April.
In the montage of pictures (10) we can see Salah Habib Abba, who was found dead one day before the Bahrain Grand prix on the roof of a building in Shakhoura, west of Manama. He was reportedly beaten to death by police forces.
Picture 11 shows a dead infant who reportedly died due the excessive use of tear gas in the Gulf nation.
14 and 15 show protesters who suffered birdshot pellets injuries after they were fired at by police forces during a pro-democracy rally.