Protesters rally against FIFA president Sepp Blatter to highlight plight of migrant workers

Sepp Blatter downplayed security fears ahead of this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Violent protests left one man dead in Rio's Copacabana less than two months before the opening match on June 12.

updated: April 25, 2014 12:49 IST
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Hong Kong: A handful of protesters holding banners and placards demonstrated peacefully on Thursday at an event with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to highlight the plight of migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

Blatter was a guest at the inauguration of the Hong Kong Football Association's new offices.

The International Trade Union Confederation has complained about the exploitation of migrant workers and deaths related to dangerous conditions on building projects in Qatar in the years since the 2022 World Cup was awarded to the Gulf nation. In recent months, Qatar has sought to allay widespread concerns about conditions for workers on World Cup building projects by detailing how their rights must be protected by contractors. Organizers are also considering scaling back the number of venues for the tournament.

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