Avaaz launches campaign to boycott World Cup in Russia due to the "hell" it has caused in Syria

تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Freda Hocaine 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 16 مارس، 2018 4:02:49 م خبر دوليعسكريسياسياجتماعيفن وثقافة رياضة

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Avaaz Organization launched a campaign to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on June 14, as a result the "hell" Russia has caused in Syria. Russia bombs cities and towns, and supports the Syrian government.

In a petition to be signed by interested parties, Avaaz reported that President Bashar al-Assad is still able to destroy Syria because of Russia. Avaaz also pointed out, “What is more important for the Russians than Syria is the success of organizing the 2018 World Cup on its land and saving it from failure."

The petition pointed to the announcement of the British government and the royal family boycotting the World Cup qualifiers in addition to Japan, Australia and Poland. There are also discussions in Germany about the boycott. The petition also pointed out that if they can push more governments and players towards the boycott of the World Cup in Russia, it will eventually force Russia to stop the bombing in Syria.

Avaaz stressed that the campaign is not to boycott the World Cup, "which we all eagerly await," but to change the host country to another that "respects human rights."

Avaaz concluded its campaign saying, "Let us unite today to emphasize that we are not going to encourage our teams in Russian fields, while air fighters are bombing and starving children to death."

On Mar. 7, dozens of Syrian and Turkish activists demonstrated near the Russian consulate in Galatasaray square, Istanbul, in support of Eastern Ghouta, Damascus. The demonstrators called for a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Since mid-February, government forces and their loyal militias with Russian air support have launched a military campaign on the cities and towns of Eastern Ghouta, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians, and also damaging infrastructure. These developments came despite UN Resolution 2401 calling for 30-day truce in Syria, and lifting the siege on cities and towns, including Ghouta.

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