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Woman speaks out on night of terror at World Cup: ‘Men looked like they were attacking animals’ – 22/11/2022

Pushing, elbowing, sexual harassment. What ought to have been a enjoyable occasion changed into a nightmare for one girl in Qatar, the host nation of the 2022 World Cup. UOL spoke to a international girl dwelling within the nation, who reported on a night at Doha’s Fan Fest, FIFA’s official free occasion at the World Cup venue. The episode happened on the second day the area was operational:

“I had the worst night of my life at a Fan Fest in Doha. I’ll by no means step on something once more. I hope a tragedy would not occur. I cried all night. I felt like I used to be being attacked by animals.

Confusion begins on a tarp the place individuals await the opening of Fan Fest. It is tough to even be there, there are so much of individuals and most of them are males. I do know the viewers at the World Cup is male, the one girls I’ve seen have been with their households or their husbands. But everybody began pushing and shoving and I assumed that was the worst that was going to occur that night.

When the tarps were opened, individuals began pushing one another and the nightmare started. Surrounded by individuals, everybody pushing one another, elbowing one another, you attempt to shield your self so you do not get damage, however the crowd is greater, most of them are males, and also you’re within the center. I may say it might be higher when you were in a gaggle, however associates in a gaggle have turn into separated on this mess and you’ll’t assist one another.

Images from the day the girl reported being harassed present confusion

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Qatari police additionally used patrols to comprise the gang

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And then individuals started to push, and the nightmare, which I assumed it might be, struggling and being thrown, intensified. We know that Qatar is a really secure nation and individuals are very repressed, however at that second the boys round me felt protected by the plenty. I began to really feel fingers on me, in each half of my physique. I began to panic. I by no means thought this might occur to me. I solely hear that Qatar is secure and also you include a unique mindset, considering that this isn’t occurring right here.

Then I began crying. They were already taking me and pushing me to the x-ray, however the crowd ignored the x-ray. He pushed all the things, overturned tables, chairs… X-rays swung, they virtually fell, and everybody was pushing, tons of of individuals. A policeman noticed that I used to be in that state. I do not know what was occurring, he noticed me, he took me out and put me in a nook, he blocked me, however he could not maintain the remainder of the individuals, there was an space for him to take. taking care of

So I gave myself up as a result of I noticed that there was nothing extra he may do for me. He requested me what occurred and I instructed him that within the center of the gang individuals began touching me. He confirmed no response. I do not know if he was shocked or simply had nothing to say. Finally, he was at the fence, we moved to extra open grass and he instructed everybody to sit down on the bottom. “Sit down now” they shouted. I did not go and a policeman made me sit down, everybody sat on the ground, it was unlucky. I used to be crying as a result of of what occurred to me and they are nonetheless yelling at me, I’m pushed.

When the harassment was occurring, I attempted to show round, I attempted to see who was doing it, who was touching me. There was no manner of figuring out. I do not know if it was one or 5 individuals. There were so many individuals, you do not know the place they got here from. I assumed the worst that might occur to me was that my pockets would come out, however no. I want a thousand instances that I had misplaced my pockets.

I heard from different individuals who noticed a mom pushing a baby. There was a person making an attempt to guard his spouse and youngster and they were failing. People stopped staying there as a result of it was violent. People screamed that it was harmful. There was nothing that these individuals may possess. I’ll by no means step foot in a Fan Zone once more, I do not advocate it to anybody. I’ve solely unhealthy recollections of that night.’

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