Protesters threw firebombs and riot police fired tear gas in Bahrain today, after Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone announced the F1 Grand Prix will be held there next week.
Clashes broke out after the funeral of activist Ahmed Ismail, who authorities say was killed last month during a protest.
His mother, Makyia Ahmed, said he had been a volunteer at previous F1 races. She said:
No F1, no F1. ... They killed my son in cold blood
Demonstrators hurled petrol bombs during nightly clashes with the police who responded by firing teargas and rubber bullets.
Crowds of protesters hurled petrol bombs at police who fired tear gas back in Bahrain on Saturday on the eve of the Grand Prix.
Protesters have clashed with police in Bahrain as F1 bosses remained defiant and the country's leaders refused to "empower extremists."