Soccer60 workers protesting over unpaid bills arrested in Qatar
60 foreign workers were arrested by the Qatari authorities, three months before the start of the World Cup. They came forward to denounce the unpaid bills suffered for months.
60 foreign workers were arrested in Qatar on August 14, reports Athleticism. These arrests took place on the broadcast of a demonstration held by these workers, denouncing the fact that they have not been paid for several months.
The American site also informs that several of these workers – without specifying their number – have been deported. The Qatari government, for its part, confirmed that some protesters had been arrested for « breaking public security laws ». This same government ensures that all overdue salaries will be paid. The workers arrested for up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
This information appears for the opening match between the host nation and Ecuador will take place in less than three months, on November 20.
Long history of abuse
These arrests constituting one more episode in the long list of problematic episodes linked to the 2022 World Cup security had been subjected to forced labor.
For its part, Equidem, a human rights organization, denomination of similar abuses in the field of Qatari hospitality. “For nine months, we were made to work over 12 hours a day, with no days off,” one worker said in the report.