Todt plays down F1 protester death in Bahrain
21 April, 2012
Apr.21 (GMM) FIA president Jean Todt was unmoved on Saturday despite reports that a Bahraini protester has been killed during anti-Formula 1 demonstrations in the island kingdom.
Opposition groups, calling the dead protester an “F1 martyr”, claimed that the latest clashes with police resulted in a body being left on the roof of a building less than 10 kilometres from the capital Manama.
Sky News in Britain said that the kingdom’s government declined to comment.
“We know protests can have a negative result,” Frenchman Todt told the BBC when asked about the reported death.
“We are a governing body running sport, you can have lots of protests and there can be consequences, and I am not sure the protests would not have happened if the grand prix would not have happened.”
The FIA president said all the teams support the Bahrain grand prix.