Vandals smash windows and doors at Adidas headquarters in Dem-led Portland in retaliation for support of World Cup in Qatar 

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  • Nine people from Abolition Media donned ski googles and masks to break about 50 windows at the Adidas headquarters in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday.
  • The group carried out the act on the day the World Cup began in Qatar and said they targeted Adidas because they are ‘long-standing supporters’ of FIFA
  • FIFA staged the 2022 World Cup in 2010 and since then activists have spoken out about how thousands of migrants have died in the Middle Eastern country
  • In a statement, the group acknowledged that the attack was the first of several companies supporting the World Cup until the tournament is over.
  • Click here for latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

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A group of vandals smashed windows and doors at the Adidas headquarters in Democrat-led Portland to protest the shoe company’s support for the World Cup in Qatar.

Police said nine people from Abolition Media were responsible for the vandalism at the headquarters on November 20 at around 1.48 am. The group were wearing ski goggles and masks as they broke about 50 windows and doors and poured blue paint around the building.

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FIFA controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in 2010. Since then, more than 6,500 migrant workers have died in the Middle Eastern country as it built cities, roads and stadiums out of desert sand.

The group claimed the destruction of property on the day the international football tournament began because Adidas has been a long-time supporter of the World Cup has resulted in ‘death and displacement’.

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‘The history of the World Cup is one of death and displacement’ Abolition Media wrote in a confessional statement, ‘Every stadium stands on the dead bodies of the laborers who built it.

‘In Qatar, more than 6,500 migrant workers from South Asia who were forced to work in slave conditions died during the decade of preparations for the 2022 World Cup.’

The group admitted to smashing windows and covering premises, including gyms and cafes, with paint, saying it was because companies such as Adidas promote ‘endless violence’.

The author further stated that this attack was the first of several attacks on FIFA company supporters this month. It is not clear whether any arrests have been made.

Nine people from Abolition Media donned ski googles and masks to break about 50 windows at the Adidas headquarters in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday.

The group carried out the act on the day the World Cup began in Qatar and said they targeted Adidas because they are 'long-standing supporters' of FIFA

The group carried out the act on the day the World Cup began in Qatar and said they targeted Adidas because they are ‘long-standing supporters’ of FIFA

The group said adidas has been a long-standing supporter of the World Cup which has resulted in 'death and displacement'.

The group said adidas has been a long-standing supporter of the World Cup which has resulted in ‘death and displacement’.

Abolition Media blames itself for adidas vandalism

Abolition Media blames itself for adidas vandalism

FIFA staged the 2022 World Cup in 2010 and since then activists have spoken out about how thousands of migrants have died in the Middle Eastern country

FIFA staged the 2022 World Cup in 2010 and since then activists have spoken out about how thousands of migrants have died in the Middle Eastern country

Abolition Media blamed the World Cup for the displacement of hundreds of thousands of migrants who were ‘forced into labor through a combination of physical violence, threats of imprisonment, passport confiscation, debt bondage, and more.’

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The group criticized the companies that support FIFA, accusing them of contributing to ‘displacement’.

He also included FIFA and every sponsor of the 2022 World Cup and urged people to ‘find your purpose’. Companies include Coca-Cola, Wanda Group, and Budweiser.

“We reject the logic of global capitalism and the state and the endless violence they create together,” the media group wrote.

‘All that is left to do is to fight back. In each city you can see the assets and infrastructure of the companies involved in the World Cup.

‘This is a call for a month of strikes against all those involved, wherever they are, from now until the end of December when the cup is over.

‘Find a target, gather your friends, and plan to strike back!

‘From Portland to the world, f*** adidas. F*** FIFA. Death for work, every state and every policeman.

It is unclear whether the group has targeted any other stores since then.

Adidas has since issued a statement to address the vandalism.

Adidas was not involved in the decision to award the World Cup to Qatar. We are engaged with FIFA and other key stakeholders, including the Qatari government and international human rights and labor advocacy groups, to improve human rights conditions for migrant workers, the company wrote in a statement to KGW.

‘Additionally, we have strongly advocated unrestricted access for all visitors regardless of nationality, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic background.’

The 2022 World Cup has been at the center of controversy, especially after FIFA made it clear that LGBT rainbows are banned on clothing and flags in stadiums.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar under Islamic Sharia law and LGBT+ people also face discrimination and violence. Male homosexuality is punishable by a prison term and same-sex marriages are not recognized by the government.

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Wales Rainbow Wall, a group of LGBTQ+ supporters, said male supporters wearing hats were allowed to keep them but the items were taken from women

Wales Rainbow Wall, a group of LGBTQ+ supporters, said male supporters wearing hats were allowed to keep them but the items were taken from women

US sports journalist Grant Wahl (pictured) was initially refused entry to a World Cup match in Doha, Qatar after security guards 'aggressively' demanded he remove his rainbow shirt.  he was told it was for his own safety

US sports journalist Grant Wahl (pictured) was initially refused entry to a World Cup match in Doha, Qatar after security guards ‘aggressively’ demanded he remove his rainbow shirt. he was told it was for his own safety

Organizers of the Qatar World Cup and Qatari cultural groups have also urged visitors to respect their customs and religious rules.

These include not drinking or swearing in public, dressing modestly, and not making public displays of affection.

Wales Rainbow Wall, a group of LGBTQ+ supporters, tweeted that they were confiscated by female supporters wearing rainbow bucket hats.

Former national team captain Laura McAllister, who is now a professor at Cardiff University, told ITV News that security guards said her cap was a ‘prohibited symbol’, although she managed to sneak it into her handbag.

An American supporter was also threatened on the subway traveling to the stadium for carrying a small rainbow flag.

The assailant, who appeared to be pro-Qatar, threatened to ‘kill’ the man, adding that the flag was ‘not allowed’ and that ‘that flag is banned in this country’. ‘We have our own culture,’ he added.

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