On the eve of the opening of the 2022 World Cup, demonstrators wanted to show their support, this Saturday, November 19, to the LGBT + community in front of the Qatari embassy in London. Preparations for the World Cup were dominated by concerns over respect for the rights of workers, women and the LGBT+ community in the Emirate.
With our correspondent in London, Marie Boeda
“ Shame on Qatar, shame on FIFA! “, chant a hundred demonstrators in the district of Mayfair, in the heart of the English capital. Rainbow tie, Peter Tatchell is the organizer of the event.
“We are here to protest against the homophobia, sexism and racism of the Qatari regime. Everyone should boycott the World Cup. If you go there, you are colluding with the regime”
Its objective is to maintain pressure on the regime, for whom being gay is a crime. But for the world, the host country says allow all visitors, regardless of sexual orientation. No one will be discriminated against, assure the organizers.
” I do not believe it. They broke their promises so many times, they can’t be trusted “says Peter Tatchell who is holding a sign on which we can read:” Qatar arrests, imprisons and subjects the LGBT community to conversion “. He himself went to Doha and protested, alone, in front of the National Museum of Qatar, the same sign in his hand.
“ They didn’t want to imprison me and torture me, because that would have been too bad publicity for the World Cup. But if I had been Qatari, I would have ended up in one of their dungeons “, he concludes.
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