Paris joins big screen boycott of World Cup games from Qatar
Doha: An unprecedented boycott of the 2022 World Cup, which is to be hosted by Qatar, has come from the Latin American country. The United Arab Emirates, which along with Qatar has bid to host the football tournament, had initially said that it “will not allow it to be staged in the country”. Qatar responded by saying that its bid was “based on respect for human rights”.
“When we saw the news about the threat to Qatar, we didn’t want to miss this chance to take action against repression. We decided to boycott the World Cup as a protest against the use of military force against unarmed protesters. We did not accept the use of military force and the use of military facilities to silence freedom of speech or freedom of peaceful assembly. We will not become a stage for the global expansion of repression,” Uruguay’s President, José Mujica, is quoted as saying by the Associated Press. The Uruguayan president added: “There is freedom of expression, freedom of protest and freedom of dissent in Uruguay and that’s what this protest is about. We’ve been protesting for a long time. Now we are demanding respect for the political order of our countries.”
The Colombian government has announced a similar protest against the awarding of the country’s hosting rights for a World Cup by Qatar. The Colombian foreign minister said the country would refuse to host the 2022 World Cup on grounds it would not accept the “indefinite occupation of the country by a country that is not a member of the United Nations. ” Colombia has always been on protest against the use of violence and repression against peaceful demonstrators. At the same time, we would not accept a situation where Colombia cannot claim part of the benefits of the tournament,” Colombian foreign minister Jorge Arreaza said. In Spain, meanwhile, the Minister for Housing and Urban Planning, Ignacio de la Fuente, has ordered the demolition of a 15-storey building which currently houses a football training facility. De la Fuente said the building, on the outskirts of the capital of Madrid, does not serve “society’s needs”. He added that a new facility would be built to serve the needs of the community, and to serve the needs of the country’s sport.
Uruguayan President Mujica said that, “The