Peter Tatchell: British LGBTQ activist demonstrates outside the National Museum of Qatar


British LGBTQ activist Peter Tatchell protested alone outside Qatar’s National Museum on Tuesday ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup the country will host from November.

“I made this protest to highlight Qatar’s violations of the rights of LGBT people, women and migrant workers,” her foundation said in a statement. “I stood in solidarity with the courageous Qatari human rights defenders who cannot make their voices heard due to the risk of arrest, imprisonment and torture.”

In an earlier tweet, Tatchell said, “FIFA awarded the World Cup to Qatar where LGBT people can be imprisoned and executed.”

Reuters news agency reported that two uniformed officers and three plainclothes officials arrived at the scene of the protest and folded up a sign Tatchell was holding and took photos of his passport and other papers as well as those of a man he was with.

Police shook hands with Tatchell and left, leaving the activist on the sidewalk, Reuters reported. Tatchell shared a video on Twitter showing a man in civilian clothes talking to him and removing his sign.

Tatchell told Doha News later that the police questioned him. He also said he feared being detained and physically assaulted by the police, but nothing happened. Tatchell said the police were polite.

The World Cup runs from November 20 to December 18.


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