Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Blood of Martyrs?

The Bahrain GP is scheduled for April 22, after the event was canceled last year because of the protests and violence.

BERLIN - Teams cannot be forced to compete in the Bahrain Grand Prix if they don't want to go, Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone told the London Times on Tuesday.

"We've no way we can force people to go there," Ecclestone was quoted as saying.

A man walks past anti-Formula One graffiti in the village of Barbar, west of Manama, Bahrain.
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The Bahrain GP is scheduled for April 22, after the event was canceled last year because of the protests and violence. Since February 2011, the kingdom has witnessed Shi'ite-led demonstrations against the Sunni Muslim rulers.

The February 14 Youth Coalition, an opposition group, posted a message on its Facebook page Sunday, alleging that the regime wanted to go ahead with the event to show the world that the situation was back to normal in Bahrain.

The group warned that if the GP goes ahead as planned, "we do not assume responsibility for any reaction from the angry people and ensure the safety of anybody."