Graffiti against holding the upcoming Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain in the village of Barbar, west of the capital Manama
A foreign laborer cycles past graffiti against holding the upcoming Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain in the village of Barbar, west of the capital Manama, on March 31, 2013
An officer (right) instructs a security force officer on a road leading to the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain, on Friday. Anti-government groups stepped up protests against the race in attempts to embarrass authorities, but the demonstrations have been mostly isolated to areas that are hotbeds of opposition to the ruling royal family. Rights groups also are using the race to criticize Bahrain's arrests and other security crackdowns.
Policemen stand guard at a checkpoint outside the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in, in Sakhir, Bahrain on Friday. Security remained tight amid expectations of fresh anti-government protests on the first practice race day of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix. The Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday
Ready and waiting
Policemen stand guard at a checkpoint outside the site of Sunday's Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain.
A riot policeman jumps a fence to extinguish a tire fire set by Bahraini anti-government protesters in Sehla, Bahrain on Thursday. Organizers of Bahrain's Formula One Grand Prix, to be held Sunday, said Thursday that sporadic protests against the race and violent unrest across the Gulf nation do not pose a threat to the premier international event in the kingdom.
Bahraini youths set up cement block roadblocks during clashes with riot police to slow police vehicles moving through the village of Diraz, Bahrain on Thursday. Graffiti at right opposing the upcoming Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix, to be held Sunday, is written beneath pictures and names of Diraz residents killed in unrest.
Protesters spray graffiti opposing the upcoming Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix. It reads: "no to Formula" next to F1 being crossed out. Other graffiti reads, "down Hamad," referring to Bahrain's king. On the right, a youth carries a stencil image of Ahmed Ismael, a citizen journalist shot dead in unrest last year.
Men gather to chat on a bench in front of a wall sprayed with graffiti opposing the upcoming Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix in the western village of Malkiya.
A Bahraini anti-government protester sprays graffiti opposing the upcoming Grand Prix during a march in A'ali. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Bahrain have joined a march that included breakaway protests against this weekend's race.
A Bahraini anti-government protester gestures during a rally against the race.
Bahraini anti-government protesters rally in the streets.
A man rides his bike past a wall with a strong statement opposing the race graffitied on it.
Here's another strong image protesting the F1 race.