Qatar upset that people mad over dead World Cup Slaves

Do you remember previous articles I posted on the tragedy that is the Qatar World Cup?

More than 500 Indian migrant workers have died in Qatar since January 2012, revealing for the first time the shocking scale of death toll among those building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.

Official figures confirmed by the Indian embassy in Doha reveal that 237 Indians working in Qatar died in 2012 and 241 in 2013. A further 24 Indians have died in January 2014.

These come after the Guardian revealed last month that 185 Nepalese workers had died in Qatar in 2013, taking the total from that country to at least 382 over two years.

Human rights groups and politicians said the figures meant Fifa could not “look the other way”, and should be leading demands for Qatar to improve conditions for the estimated 1.2 million migrant workers fuelling a huge construction boom.

Well, Qatar has responded. Or more accurately, Paul Hughes and I am Head of International Media Relations for the Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy – the organization overseeing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has responded.

For this to be anything but simpering horseshit from a hired gun, you’d have to accept that the massive migrant-worker fatality numbers reported by the Indian and Nepalese governments—conservative, according to the Guardian‘s reporting—are entirely false, or that not a single one of those dead workers was involved in any of the $100 billion worth of World Cup-related construction in Qatar. (You’d also have to believe that worker deaths are being classified accurately and not in a way convenient to the interests of Qatar’s Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy.)

Also, “Without diminishing the value of human life …” is the new “I’m not racist, but …”

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