Qatar 2022: we love soccer, however not like that!

Attac France and its companions open the ball on November 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Paris on the Recyclerie. As a part of a pleasant night, punctuated by leisure organized with Attac, Climax, Notre Affaire à Tous, Cardon Rouge, come and play a match of concepts, on this system:

1/Spherical desk from 7:30 p.m. to eight:45 p.m.

  • Nicolas Ksiss-Martov, writer of the guide “Qatar, the world of disgrace”, journalist for “Sport and Outdoor” journal of the FSGT
  • Jean-Pascal François, Inter supervisor of the FD CGT de la Building, in control of monitoring the state of affairs of migrant staff on building websites in Qatar
  • Alma Dufour, MP LFI
  • Pierre Rondeau, sports activities economist, columnist at Sofoot and RMC, professor on the Sport Administration College
  • Lola Schulmann, Advocacy Officer at Amnesty Worldwide
  • Justine Ripoll, marketing campaign supervisor for Notre Affaire À Tous

2/ Actions till 11 p.m. by Climax

  • Soccer honest along with his masterful “capturing bullies”
  • Projection of actual good moments of soccer,
  • Workshop for making remote-control caps to show off matches on TV, with Praticable (ex-Collectif Bam).

We invite you to arrange different, festive and artistic occasions your self, and announce them on the Qatar Purple Card platform in all places in France!

It was already beginning very badly!

The designation of Qatar because the host nation in 2011 can be the results of a case of quite a few acts of corruption dedicated by the 18 members of the FIFA government board, half of whom had been suspended at this time. The case has even been taken to the best stage of the state, since Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic on the time, is suspected of getting incited Michel Platini – former worldwide soccer participant and president of UEFA between 2007 and 2015 – to vote, on behalf of the European Soccer Federation, for the Qatari candidacy, in trade for a takeover of PSG and the creation of a sports activities channel, BeinSport.

Such a nasty begin might solely announce the worst: the group of the World Cup, on this nation which has made it a serious concern for its picture, has inevitably produced a sequence of scandals, each environmental and human. .

An environmental drama within the midst of a local weather emergency.

In keeping with a current examine by an NGO specializing in environmental legislation, the World Cup is:

  • 6 million tonnes of CO2 issuedtwice as a lot as introduced by the organizers.
  • 8 air-conditioned stadiums. Though the cup is held in winter – hopefully the air-con is not going to be turned on – the stadiums have been properly constructed and have exercise outdoors the cup. FIFA legitimized these constructions. An actual environmental mismanagement, open-air air-con has already been used throughout the World Athletics Championships in September 2019, and shall be used throughout the Asian Soccer Cup in 2023.
  • Hundreds of airplane flights. Qatar is a rustic too small to host a global competitors. It solely has 90,000 resort beds, whereas it expects greater than 1.3 million international vacationers. Shuttles will subsequently be arrange to make sure transit between international inns and Qatar. It’s estimated {that a} airplane will take off from the nation each 10 minutes. And this with its share of carbon emissions…

Confronted with the numerous criticisms of this ecological drama, Qatar is multiplying Greenwashing communications and initiatives to present the phantasm that the nation is able to organizing a sober competitors. Qatar has thus planted greater than 1 million bushes round stadiums.

However carbon offsetting is already in itself a false resolution, not very a lot, to not say ineffective, however above all on this case it makes completely no sense! It takes greater than 50 years to look at the anticipated results of bushes, but they had been planted in the midst of the desert. They are going to most definitely disappear a couple of months after the occasion, unable to resist the desert weather conditions.

As well as, Qatar has promised to stability its carbon emissions by investing in carbon credit, on the mannequin of “rights to pollute”. Nevertheless, for the second, solely 5% of devoted credit have been allotted to environmental tasks.

Hell for international staff and human rights.

On the idea of listings of international staff, and in its lowest estimate, the British press broadcasts the variety of 6,500 lifeless on the development websites. Nevertheless, this determine should be revised upwards for the reason that Guardian’s evaluation solely takes into consideration the listings of Asian nations (Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan). The listings of African nations are lacking.

Though introduced as formally suspended, kafala continues to be utilized within the nation. This authorized system imposes management and restriction of motion and rights of international staff. They’re thus positioned below the guardianship of a Qatari native, endure racial discrimination and are sometimes handled like slaves.

As well as, Qatar lately skilled a social motion: international staff went on strike merely demanding to be paid for the work completed. They had been returned manu militari to the border.

The repression of holiday makers, and particularly native populations, can also be worrying and should be denounced. Homosexuality stays criminally condemned, as much as 7 years of imprisonment. In Qatar, homosexuals and members of the LGBTQI+ neighborhood are oppressed, hunted, vilified, and even overwhelmed to demise. Many testimonies report abuse and violent assaults towards these folks. One in every of Qatar’s World Cup ambassadors even lately mentioned that homosexuality resulted from “psychological injury”.

In the identical method, the nation represses ladies whose rights are non-existent. They’re most frequently below the guardianship of their father or husband. A girl who divorces doesn’t have the best to have custody of her youngsters. Furthermore, any sexual relationship outdoors the bonds of marriage is taken into account adultery, prohibited, and may result in jail, together with when the lady is the sufferer of rape.

The authorities of Qatar are obsessive about their picture, which they wish to management in any respect prices. To the purpose of attaining the liberty and rights of the nationwide and worldwide press. The Qatari authorities are rising the injunctions stopping the filming of international staff’ areas throughout the competitors. Lately, a Danish journalist was threatened by the Qatari authorities when he was merely filming in a public sq..

The free motion of supporters throughout the competitors shall be managed for a similar causes. The organizers would require supporters to put in purposes to entry stadiums and fan zones. In keeping with consultants, these purposes are much like spyware and adware. In France, the CNIL (Nationwide Fee for Computing and Liberties) additionally advises supporters to go to Qatar with clean and disposable telephones.

Why do we have now to insurgent, and set up counter-events and actions?

It has already been greater than 10 years since Qatar was appointed to arrange this cup of disgrace, but it took time for mobilizations to flourish in all places. The local weather disaster having now crossed a threshold of maximum urgency, and now that this occasion is about to make the media headlines, we are able to not stand idly by within the face of a lot social and ecological injustice. We should mobilize!

In response to the failures of political, sports activities, diplomatic actions, requires boycotts… we should deploy fashionable and civic motion, particularly those that love soccer!

The case of the European Tremendous-League is the very best instance. In April 2021, a non-public and closed competitors challenge was born. The supporters of Spain and England refuse it and exhibit their opposition. The challenge was deserted in 48 hours by financial strain. Certainly, the TV rights of the World Cup is 2.5 billion euros in 2018.

If tomorrow, the World Cup in Qatar did much less properly (in 2018, 26 million viewers in France for the ultimate, 1.3 billion throughout the globe), broadcasters would demand a reduction and FIFA can be pressured to query the modalities of group and designation of host nations.

That is what occurred on the IOC (Worldwide Olympic Committee): for the 2024 and 2028 Video games, many cities withdrew (Boston, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest), refusing the financial price and the absence long-term curiosity. The Olympic Committee then imposed that the information assure financial, social and environmental standards in addition to a complete rehabilitation of the infrastructures with the intention to relaunch the need to host an occasion.

Let’s proceed to be indignant, this struggle shall be used for future competitions as a result of the disgrace is not going to cease on the World Cup. After Qatar will come the 2026 World Cup, with 48 nations, on a whole continent (North America). It should even be an actual environmental aberration, with air journey of greater than 3000km in scorching temperatures.

Similar drama for the 2029 Asian Winter Video games, in Saudi Arabia, in desert mountains with out snow. To not point out the 2023 Asian Cup, nonetheless in Qatar, subsequent June, below 45 levels within the well-known air-conditioned stadiums. The Paris Olympic Video games may even produce their share of dangerous penalties.

We should struggle towards the deleterious gigantism of sporting occasions, which should be over. That is attainable by revising the award standards and proposing options. And this may solely be completed by citizen mobilization, by fashionable motion, and the multiplication of occasions denouncing this reduce of disgrace!

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