Video: Tear gas and fire bombs exchanged as police and protesters clash in Bahrain
As the FIA confirm that next weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead, the latest amateur video from the Gulf state shows violence on the streets of Manama.
There were reports of widespread protests in Bahrain on Thursday in support of the hunger striker Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, with amateur video showing security forces clashing with demonstrators in the capital.
The detained Bahraini human-rights activist has been on a hunger strike for eight weeks, and is reported to be near death in a prison hospital.
He was handed a life sentence in June 2011 after being arrested along with seven other activists two months earlier on charges of inciting hatred against the Bahraini state and trying to overthrow the island nation’s government.
Thursday's protests came amid speculation that next weekend's scheduled Formula One Grand Prix would be cancelled.
Last year's event was dropped from the F1 calendar as anti-government protests gripped the nation.
However, despite the ongoing outbreaks of violence in the country and reports of safety concerns amongst race teams, F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone confirmed on Friday the event will take place as planned.