A Danish journalist was instructed by the Qatari police to take away a OneLove armband whereas filming a World Cup phase in Doha. Jon Pagh, from Danish station TV 2 Sport, was filming outdoors the Denmark squad’s lodge when he was stopped by native police.
In a video shared on social media, the officer will be seen informing the journalist that he should take off the armband, which has been controversial in the course of the FIFA World Cup 2022 as homosexuality is against the law in Qatar.
Jon Pagh refused to take it off, saying, “I respect that you’re telling me that, however I can not take it off. Why is it not allowed? Is it due to the colors?”
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The policeman stated “yeah” earlier than reacting by pushing away the digicam. “It is only one love,” Jon Pagh protested.
“It’s simply respecting everyone.”
The Danish journalist later stated, “I feel that after we are down right here, we have to be cautious about doing activism, and we have to be particularly cautious about scary conditions, nevertheless it was under no circumstances in my thoughts that it might provoke something.”
“I personally am additionally very cautious to not do activism, however it’s the identical political message that’s in FIFA’s guidelines and human rights,” he added.
“For me it isn’t politics. It is human rights. It’s an article of clothes which I put on and which within the Western world and in accordance with all human rights I’m allowed to put on. I actually hope that nobody takes this as an try to impress something. We’re standing in the course of the darkish, 30 kilometres out within the desert. I did not assume for a second that this may very well be an issue,” he instructed native media.
Captains of England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark have been set to put on the OneLove armbands on the World Cup, in a present of assist of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. However they introduced in a joint assertion on Monday that the concept had been dropped.