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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Labourers Whipped and Kicked by Police

According to a story in the Gulf Times this morning labourers were beaten with whips and kicked by police yesterday to prevent them entering a souq. It has been common to deny labourers and bachelors entrance to souqs and malls in Qatar, with the distincton often being made on race - a Western man, for example, will have no problem entering Villagio, whereas an Asian man is likely to be denied entrance. Only yesterday Villagio told the Peninsula newspaper that they didn't want bachelors because they didn't spend enough. Qatar's badly paid labourers are often also poorly treated, with numerous men having to share a single room for living accommodation. However, this is the first time that a newspaper has reported Qatar's labourer's being beaten by police.

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