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DIJON: Extinction Rebellion criticizes the holding of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Environmental activists took to the streets of Dijon on November 19 and 20 to protest against “inhuman football”.

Press release from Extinction Rebellion Dijon of November 24, 2022:

Dirty cup: a die-in to call for a boycott of inhuman football

A few hours before the opening of the 2022 Football World Cup taking place in Qatar, the Extinction Rébellion Dijon collective is joining the Red Card movement for Qatar and is mobilizing to call for a boycott of this event.

Through this punchy action, the collective wishes to point out all the inconsistencies to which FIFA turns a blind eye. This Coupe d’Immonde is a sporting, social and ecological scandal:

– Qatar obtained the organization of the competition to the detriment of other countries (Egypt, Morocco, USA) by corruption of FIFA and French decision-makers (Nicolas Sarkozy, Michel Platini…)
– Construction of football stadiums for limited use for this World Cup, in the middle of the desert where the temperature will be around 35°C for the duration of the tournament.
– Air conditioning of these open-air stadiums. The quantity of CO2 emitted is estimated at 6 million tonnes, double what was initially announced, which is unthinkable in the context of current climate change. In 2020 the organizers announced a carbon neutral event, we are very far from the mark…
– 160 daily plane shuttles will be put in place, greatly increasing the carbon footprint of this Cup because it is impossible for Qatar to welcome all the people mobilized.
– 10,000 liters of water desalinated per day, an energy-intensive process that greatly disrupts ecosystems
– forced labor in horror. Revolting working conditions: overcrowded housing, lack of remuneration with financial and emotional pressure on these workers, retention of residence permits by employers, confiscation of their passports and absence of a permit to leave the territory: impossible for them to leave the country, proliferation of threats against workers, indebtedness…
– Estimate of at least 6,500 deaths of foreign workers in Qatar since the start of the project. Figure largely underestimated according to many NGOs.
– Qatar is linked to many scandals and controversies linked to the funding of terrorist groups as well as influencers boasting about harmful and consumerist lifestyle.
– Country of non-respect of human rights by proclaiming itself LGBTphobe and misogine. Qatari officials refuse to shake hands with female referees, homophobic laws (no recognition of LGBT rights) including the illegality of homosexual practices. Qatar asks homosexuals to exercise discretion in view of the 2022 Football World Cup.

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This non-exhaustive list of the horrors committed highlights the impossibility of turning a blind eye to these inhumanities. Many celebrities like Dua Lipa and Shakira have decided to boycott Qatar. The cities of Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Lille, Strasbourg and many others have announced that they will not support this filthy cup and will not install either a fan zone or a giant screen. Why doesn’t the city of Dijon take this meaningful decision, regardless of the result of the French team?

Beyond the World Cup, Qatar wants to establish itself as a key player in international geopolitics. All eyes will be on this country that wants to impose a model of misogynistic and homophobic slave society around the world. Boycotting the World Cup means that we don’t want to cross this red line.

To boycott is to proclaim loud and clear that we do not accept these atrocities, that it has gone too far. It is about bringing justice to all the workers who died on the site and to all the people who suffer from it. We love football, but not like that.

This die-in represents these broken and destroyed lives for the benefit of a foot business that reinforces inequalities. We will not forget them. We will not endorse.

Extinction Rebellion Dijon

Press release from Extinction Rebellion Dijon of November 24, 2022:

Organization of street football on the schedule of the opening match of the World Cup

At the exact time of the opening of the 2022 Football World Cup taking place in Qatar, the Extinction Rébellion Dijon collective joins the Red Card movement for Qatar and mobilizes to call for a boycott of this event through the organization of a counter cut.

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Why boycott this Men’s Football World Cup?

– Qatar obtained the organization of the competition to the detriment of other countries (Egypt, Morocco, USA) by corruption of FIFA and French decision-makers (Nicolas Sarkozy, Michel Platini…)
– Construction of football stadiums for limited use for this World Cup, in the middle of the desert where the temperature will be around 35°C for the duration of the tournament.
– Air conditioning of these open-air stadiums. The quantity of CO2 emitted is estimated at 6 million tonnes, double what was initially announced, which is unthinkable in the context of current climate change. In 2020 the organizers announced a carbon neutral event, we are very far from the mark…
– 160 daily plane shuttles will be put in place, greatly increasing the carbon footprint of this Cup because it is impossible for Qatar to welcome all the people mobilized.
– forced labor in horror. Revolting working conditions: overcrowded housing, lack of remuneration with financial and emotional pressure on these workers, retention of residence permits by employers, confiscation of their passports and absence of a permit to leave the territory: impossible for them to leave the country, proliferation of threats against workers, indebtedness…
– Estimate of at least 6,500 deaths of foreign workers in Qatar since the start of the project. Figure largely underestimated according to many NGOs.
– Qatar is linked to many scandals and controversies linked to the funding of terrorist groups as well as influencers boasting about harmful and consumerist lifestyle.
– Country of non-respect of human rights by proclaiming itself LGBTphobe and misogine. Qatari officials refuse to shake hands with female referees, homophobic laws (no recognition of LGBT rights) including the illegality of homosexual practices. Qatar asks homosexuals to exercise discretion in view of the 2022 Football World Cup.

Beyond the World Cup, Qatar wants to establish itself as a key player in international geopolitics. All eyes will be on this country that wants to impose a model of misogynistic and homophobic slave society around the world. Boycotting the World Cup means that we don’t want to cross this red line. To boycott is to proclaim loud and clear that we do not accept these atrocities, that it has gone too far. It is about bringing justice to all the workers who died on the site and to all the people who suffer from it. We love football, but not like that.

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So we organized a street football in the city center of Dijon open to all, place François Rude. Through this organization we want to refocus attention on another way of doing sport by returning to the fundamental values ​​of football. Activists of the movement were able to share a large game of football with those present at the meeting as well as passers-by on the schedule for the opening match in Qatar.

A powerful instrument of emancipation and unity, football is much more than two teams competing around a ball in giant stadiums lit by floodlights and brewing billions of euros. There is popular football, a driving force for social cohesion and a bearer of strong values. Street football’s code of honor is solidarity and respect. We want to promote social football, which brings people together and fights against inequalities. Football without sponsors, independent and without discrimination (of gender, age, etc.).

We therefore call on all spaces with access to culture (cinemas, operas, theatre, etc.) to offer entertainment accessible to all during the times of France’s matches to turn their eyes away from the Coupe d’Immonde and refocus on art and culture. Let’s get together and boycott this Filthy Cup together by highlighting the talents and ideas of each and everyone. May this Contre-Coupe be a driving force of cohesion and imagination to rethink sport and entertainment differently. The AuNomdelaTerre.tv channel will broadcast 64 series and documentaries free of charge during each World Cup match to raise awareness of environmental causes and the agricultural world.

Extinction Rebellion Dijon




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