Peter Hain angered at Bahrain GP

Bahraini anti-government protesters, one carrying a national flag, react to tear gas fired by riot police Saturday Credit: AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

A leading welsh politician has told ITV Wales News of his dismay that the Bahrain Grand Prix has gone ahead.

Neath MP Peter Hain has said he's been shocked by the violent clashes between anti-government protestors and security forces.

In the days leading up to the race demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest against the race and the ruling royal family.

The Shia Muslim community have been demanding an end to discrimination against them by the Sunni royal family.

Yesterday demonstrations intensified after the body of a protestor was found on a roof after trouble flared with government forces on Friday night.

King Hamad al-Khalifa said this week he was committed to reform in the Kingdom.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague also called for restraint from government forces in dealing with the protesters.

Formula One fans like me are dismayed that the organisers have gone ahead with this race when they could have postponed it until the human rights and security situation had stabilised. It's not a good advertisement for formula one or the Bahraini government.