Bundesliga supporters stage mass anti- Boycott Qatar 2022 protests ahead of the World Cup – as Bayern Munich, Dortmund, and Hertha Berlin fans display scathing banners on Saturday to condemn the Qatar World Cup.
The World Cup will begin in Qatar in Thirteen days. This weekend, German fans took advantage of the 13th day of the Bundesliga to display numerous banners calling for a boycott of the Qatari World Cup or recalling certain facts, such as the deaths of workers on stadium construction sites.
The protests began on Friday. A banner reading “Boycott Qatar 2022!” had been placed in the stands during the first game of the day between Borussia Mönchengladbach and VFB Stuttgart. Other kops followed suit on Saturday, most notably during the Hertha BSC vs. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund vs. VfL Bochum matches.
Boycott Qatar 2022
“15,000 dead for 5,760 minutes of football!” supporters wrote at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. Shame on you!, as well as “Boycott Qatar 2022.”
The banners were even more numerous in Dortmund. The Yellow Wall kop, the stand where the Ultras gather, unfurled a huge banner along the entire length of the stand with the message “BOYCOTT QATAR 2022” inscribed in yellow and black, the club’s colors, before the entry of the Borussia Dortmund players and the start of the derby against Bochum.
On their banners, one could also read, “More dead than minutes played, Boycott Qatar,” “The moral values lost, football bears the cost,” or “The dignity of men is inviolable.”
Other messages included “Turn off Qatar” with a television pattern in the background, “Cold beer instead of air-conditioned stadiums,” and “A human catastrophe.”
‘Qatar is committed to a fair and effective labor system, and we value the indispensable role of foreign workers in our economy and wider society,’ said Qatari officials in the midst of the criticism.
Amnesty International figures are concerning:
According to Amnesty International, more than 15,000 non-Qatari workers died in the country between 2010 and 2019 as a result of construction work. According to the agency’s statistics, the cause of death is unknown in up to 70% of cases because autopsies are illegal in Qatar.
“Death certificates frequently report deaths as ‘natural causes’ or ‘cardiac arrest,'” according to the study, without tying them to working conditions.
The human rights organization cited several examples of young workers who did not have any health issues being subjected to inhumane working conditions.
People in their 30s and 40s would lose consciousness and die after working 12-hour shifts in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). They were sometimes forced to work seven days a week.
Is FIFA an accomplice?
FIFA, the world football’s highest governing body, and the World Cup organizing committee, as well as the Qatari government, are attempting to downplay the figures. FIFA is suspected of awarding the World Cup to Qatar in exchange for millions of dollars in alleged bribes.
According to FIFA, the official construction death toll is 37 workers.
However, the more details that emerge, the worse the picture becomes. It depicts a class society in which the wealthy upper class towers over the prosperous middle class, while the working class is exploited to the extreme.
“While Qatar has made meaningful progress on labor rights in the last five years, it is abundantly clear that there is still a long way to go,” said Amnesty International’s economic and social justice officer, Steve Cockburn.
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