The press lunch in London to promote the Bahrain Grand Prix gave the impression that all was well in the Gulf kingdom. Within hours, however, there was street fighting again and the country’s leading human rights campaigner was arrested. Nabeel Rajab of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights has long been seen as untouchable because of his high profile, but he was arrested in Saturday before a planned march in Manama which was designed to be a show of solidarity for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, another human rights activist, who is currently on hunger strike. On Friday, Amnesty International issued a statement calling on Bahraini authorities to release al-Khawaja.
While this was happening a 22-year protester was shot and killed by what protesters say was a militia loyal to the regime. The shots came from a civilian car. The police say that the case is being treated as a murder.