Saudi Sends More Tanks, Arms to Bahrain

Saudi Arabia sent more tanks and weapons for its troops in Bahrain during the Formula One Grand Prix auto race in Manama.

Bahraini activists have said that the tanks were sent by heavy military transport vehicles, which crossed the main bridge that links the two neighboring countries, press tv reported.

Meanwhile, Saudi-backed Bahraini security forces clashed with pro-democracy protesters, who held demonstrations on Sunday across the country against the Grand Prix race.

The violence erupted when police attacked protesters blocking roads in Manama. The protesters also burnt tires on roads in villages outside Manama, according to witnesses.

Protests have increased in Bahrain as the Manama regime prepares to host the controversial sporting event.

Bahrain's public security chief, Major General Tariq Hassan said in a statement, "Police are out in force to beef up security measures at the Bahrain International Circuit."

On Saturday, police fired tear gas at anti-regime demonstrators calling for the cancelation of the sporting event over the regime's crackdown on peaceful protests.

Similar demonstrations were held on Friday, when tens of thousands of Bahrainis rallied along the Budaiya highway West of Manama to demand the cancelation of the race.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the al-Khalifa dynasty.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Gulf kingdom on March 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.

R.S