Activists protest in FIFA boss’s hometown

Photo by Avaaz/

Mobile billboards in the Swiss town of Brig carried the messages “Infantino: your family were migrants”, “Thousands like them were victims of this World Cup”, and “Compensate them now”: Report 

An activist demanding compensation for migrant workers in Qatar, protested by putting mobile billboards in FIFA boss Gianni Infantino’s Swiss home town of Brig.

A report by Reuters on Wednesday, December 7, said, the protest organised by the Avaaz campaign group, included an activist impersonating Infantino while holding the FIFA World Cup trophy.  

The report said, the mobile billboards carried messages that included, “Infantino: your family were migrants”, “Thousands like them were victims of this World Cup”, and “Compensate them now”.   

With over 2.9 million foreigners living in Qatar, the country has been a part of major criticism from human rights groups over its treatment of migrant workers.  

The report said, FIFA did not pass a comment on the protest, but pointed at a comment made by Infantino last month. The FIFA chief while discussing the state of migrant workers had “hailed a fund that Qatar set up in 2018 that has paid out $350 million to workers in cases mainly linked to late or non-payment of wages”, the report said.

Meanwhile, the EU parliament also approved a resolution last month that calls on FIFA to help compensate the families of migrant workers who died, as well as workers who suffered rights abuses, during preparations for the World Cup.   

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