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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Qatar Scurries for Security Help As World Cup Nears

  • “Hundreds of civilians” will work stadium checkpoints during the tournament, according to Reuters.
  • The move is Qatar’s latest controversial labor-related decision regarding the World Cup.
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The Qatari government is tapping into its military services — as well as civilians and diplomats from around the globe — to beef up security at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

The tournament’s opening match takes place at Doha’s Lusail Stadium on Nov. 20. The final is scheduled for Dec. 18.

The host nation is requiring that “hundreds of civilians” work checkpoints at stadiums during the tournament, according to Reuters, including diplomats recalled to the country.

A source told Reuters the government told civilians it was their “patriotic duty” to participate. 

  • There are some volunteers, but many are seemingly being forced against their will to work.
  • Qatar is anticipating 1.2 million fans, who will be searched for weapons and banned substances like alcohol. 
  • Turkey will also provide 3,000 riot police for stadiums and hotels.

The move is just the latest controversial labor-related decision as Qatar gears up to host the World Cup. 

The nation has come under fire by multiple human rights groups for improper compensation of construction workers — many of whom were put in dangerous situations.

Added Trouble

Qatar’s journey toward the November competition has been a rocky one.

Lusail Stadium, the $767 million crown jewel for the event, had a less-than-stellar debut when it hosted its first match earlier this month. 

A lack of water accessibility and bathrooms, long transportation lines, and poor air conditioning were some of the issues noted by the 77,000 fans in attendance.

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