Workers are being callously murdered in the name of profit and soccer in Qatar. More than 500 workers from India have been murdered over the past 14 months, with over 20 in the past month of January alone, in the name of profit. It is not enough that Qatar has been running guns and mercenaries to Syria and has contributed to tens of thousands of deaths there in the name of US sponsored imperialist regime change, but they are also ripping profit from impoverished workers from India and Nepal.
Working in squalid conditions with little water in a desert heat for over 12 hours a day is the culprit.
Qatar’s ministry of labour and social affairs told the Guardian: “With specific regard to these new figures, we were aware that local media had previously reported some of these headline numbers, and we are clarifying them. … Qataris … welcome guest workers to our country to perform valuable jobs. We are working to understand the causes of these deaths – as these statistics could include a range of circumstances including natural causes, and road safety incidents, as well as a smaller number of workplace incidents.”
These workers are brutally exploited and the ministry is saying that “a smaller number of workplace incidents” has killed hundreds and injured how many unknown thousands more?!? If we include the hundreds of dead workers from Nepal and then wonder how many of the other 1.2 million workers are unhealthy, near death, indebted, desperate and unable to leave due to the capitalist’s and their underlings’ “kafala system” of domination that these workers are exploited under. The state apparatus has formalized the usually informal structures of control that workers are daily exploited under. These kafalas mirror the feudal structures of control and tie the workers to their bosses. The US would love to copy this system as part of their guest worker program.
The spreading of PLP’s revolutionary Communism among the guest workers in Qatar would help to permanently end the slaughter the workers are now brutalized with, but only a Communist revolution can ultimately end these for profit death camps in the interest of capitalism’s entertainment industry. There are revisionist groups fighting in India and Nepal who claim to be Communist. They may also be organizing in the work camps, but they won’t bring Communism. Only the Progressive Labor Party can.