"in 2017, I criticised the GP of Bahrain on Facebook. I was arrested, beaten and sexually assaulted." With these two sentences of a letter to the British newspaper "The Guardian" published on Wednesday begins. He comes from a four-fold mother, she wrote to him in Isa Town, a town in the North of Bahrain. 22 kilometers away is a multi-million circus: the formula 1 is guesting this weekend.
Najah Yusuf will not be there. You would be also, if you are not in prison, sitting in the same Isa Town. Because Yusuf is fighting against this race, she has called to boycott it. This Festival of superlatives, it is "nothing but a yearly reminder of our Suffering in our fight against tyranny and oppression".
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curly - A week after Sebastian Vettel in April 2017 on the island of Bahrain to its 44. Victory celebrated in a formula 1 race, was Yusuf invited to the police station Muharraq way, four kilometers from the airport, to the in these days, thousands of Motorsport Fans will land on. The Bahrainerin was lured under the pretext of the guard, to have a form for your son to sign.
Najah Yusuf, the face of the protests against the GP of Bahrain. (Image: Facebook)
Yusuf and the phone was taken away, was threatened, that you would not kill your son, if you unlocked this. "The worst thing of all," she writes, "was that the officials pulled my Hijab from the body, and me one of them raped her". Now, Najah Yusuf is still sitting in Isa Town prison, the charge of the Bahraini regime: a terrorist Crime. Yusuf's Facebook entry:
"formula 1 in Bahrain is nothing more than a way for the (in Bahrain's ruling) Al-Khalifa family, to whitewash their crimes and serious violations of human rights."
The GP in the Wake of the Arab spring
Yusuf is not an isolated case, but it is the face of the protest against the government on the island. It is only since the Facebook Post, the mother of four children. It all started in the year 2011; the Arab spring had erupted, the protest wave, were affected by the from the Maghreb to the Arabian Peninsula, practically all the countries. In Bahrain, the anger of the Shiite majority in the country was directed against the Sunni government of king Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa. She feels discriminated against and oppressed on the job or in everyday life.
For the enemies of the king of the Grand Prix of Bahrain as an enemy image. Because the world of Motorsport is looking to Bahrain, because you can present the best side, regardless of the grievances. Because the formula 1, the excited thanks to an elaborate Netflix documentation, especially on the Motorsport scene, only interested in the formula 1.
"You, Lewis, have a moral responsibility"
2011 has been cancelled the race as a result of the protests, in 2012, attempted protesters, to achieve the Same, even on the day of the race it came to demonstrations. The then 22-year-old video journalist Ahmed Ismail Hassan documented the incidents, and was shot and killed by a members of the military in civilian clothes. Thousands came to his funeral, again, it came to riots. In the case of these, there were numerous injured, a 15-year-old boy was killed.
this weekend, the formula 1 is thus again a guest in Bahrain, the GP is 15. Time held. Najah Yusuf must serve three years in prison, according to the official judgment. She and other activists are appealing to Teams, especially Mercedes and Superstar Lewis Hamilton . Paul Scriven, an English politician, says in the Guardian: "We need to look Hamilton in the eye and ask: "Lewis, it is appropriate to make millions and to stand on a Podium, that could be the back of Najah Yusuf? You, Lewis, have a moral responsibility.""
Hamilton's Team Mercedes replied in a Statement on the unrest around the race: "As a Team of formula 1 is bound Mercedes contract because of all the races of the season to participate in", it says.
Created: 29.03.2019, 18:46 PM