By Tony Attwood
The headline in the Daily Mail announces, “Saudi Arabia should have no role in the future of UK sport’: Newcastle’s proposed £300m takeover must be BLOCKED, MP tells government over breaches of international piracy laws.”
Maybe so, maybe not. But whatever happened to an MP saying, “England should have no role to play in the Qatar world cup;” we must stop this modern slavery by showing we will have nothing to do with such outmoded barbarism.”
For as I have shown before, the stadia in Qatar for the next world cup are being built by slaves.
There is in fact an excellent piece in the Independent on this subject under the headline
World Cup 2022: Qatar’s workers are not workers, they are slaves, and they are building mausoleums, not stadiums
You can read the whole story here, but here is the start…
“Your name is Sumon, and you live in a small village in rural Bangladesh. One day you’re visited by a casual acquaintance you’ve known since childhood, who has an opportunity. He’s recruiting for a clerical job, he knows you’ve always been bright and ambitious, and he wants you. He’ll take care of everything: paperwork, passport, medical, transport. He’ll even act as a reference if you need a bank loan. The promised salary – $400 dollars US a month – is literally more money than you’ve seen before in your life.
“Of course, you’re no mug. You’ve heard the stories. But this is an old friend. Your children go to school together. He works for the local government. He wants to help. A fresh start, financial security, a better future for your family. Besides, what’s the alternative? Stay in your village and slowly get old?”
You know what is coming next. There are admin fees to be paid before the worker is allowed to leave – forcing the worker to sell the few possessions he has.
When he gets there the job isn’t the job the worker has been promised, it is hard manual labour, and the salary isn’t the salary. In fact for some there is no salary at all. But his passport has been taken away and the employers won’t give it back.
Workers die, their bodies removed, no burial, no respect for the deceased’s religion. No one can leave. The newspapers have touched on it… although to be fair the Independent has done a lot and should be rewarded for that.
Human Rights Watch has been talking about this for years. So have other agencies. Hell, there are even articles all over Wikipedia about it.
AND YET WE ARE SERIOUSLY GOING TO ENTER A COMPETITION THE REWARD FOR WHICH IS THE PLAYING OF MATCHES IN STADIA BUILT BY SLAVES.
A UN delegation has visited Qatar to investigate working conditions. They managed to speak to one Nepalese construction worker, who answered the questions truthfully. He was imprisoned the next day.
Qatar’s population is 2.6 million. Of these 2.34 million are migrant workers with no rights, treated as slaves. And this is, I repeat, where the world cup is going to be played.
Trades unions are of course banned on the grounds of national security. The markets, shopping malls, town squares are prohibited for migrant workers. So we also have apartheid. We never agreed to a world cup in South Africa under apartheid, so why in Qatar?
And what is the UK response to this?
Angus MacNeil, chair of the International Trade Select Committee, has written to trade secretary Liz Truss to complain about…. no not slavery, but copyright.
MacNeil wrote: ‘In its ruling, the World Trade Organisation held that the government of Saudi Arabia has, from the beginning, been actively supporting the “beoutQ” piracy operation that has stolen the commercial rights of UK sports bodies for three years.
‘This is an insult to the UK government, affront to the Premier League, and abuse of UK sport – and should not be tolerated.”
No, you stupid idiot MacNeil. It is your letter that is an affront to the Premier League and to everyone who supports the notion of equality, and decency and human rights, and the thought that slavery should not exist any more.
Yes of course copyright matters. I know that because I have written quite a few books. But that doesn’t matter nearly as much as stopping slavery in Qatar. And the way we do that is by refusing to give government money to the FA until the FA says it will not participate in any world cup in a country that runs its economy on slavery.
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