It has been 10 years since the construction of the soccer world cup to be held in Qatar in 2022 began. It has been 10 years since a silent massacre has been taking place there: that of tens, hundreds, thousands of Indian, Pakistani, Nepalese, Bengali and Sri Lankan workers reduced to conditions of virtual slavery. Human rights organizations have regularly warned about these terrible conditions and the many deaths that resulted, but the indifference is almost total, the figures minimized or even denied by FIFA and Western governments. Of course, no official figures are available, NGOs and journalists can only make estimates, mainly thanks to the figures provided by the Qatari embassies of the workers' countries of origin.
Last Tuesday, the British Guardian (relayed in French by L'Équipe or L'Humanité) made a dizzying estimate: at least 6,500 deaths since 2010 (or 12 deaths per week for 10 years) - again, these figures do not take into account some countries that have not provided data such as the Philippines or Kenya.
While the French government fantasizes about “islamoleftism”, it should be remembered that France supplies arms to Saudi Arabia - which it uses to massacre in Yemen -, and that it has no problem participating in the organization of a soccer tournament in Qatar where the festivities will take place over a heap of corpses.
42 years ago, graphic designer Alain Le Quernec made a poster to denounce the World Cup in Argentina where Videla's bloody dictatorship was raging. In reference to this previous “cup of shame” and as a tribute to Alain, I am taking up his graphic idea today to denounce this new mass grave that is supposed to host a celebration, with the complicity of FIFA and our governments. Do not hesitate to relay.
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