Supercopa protest focuses on Saudi women’s rights

Amnesty International protests unequal rights for Saudi women in front of Saudi Arabian embassy. Photo: AI / Europa Press
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Women activists from Amnistía Internacional España have focused on the lack of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia in protesting the participation of four Spanish football clubs in Spain’s national “Supercopa” football tournament being held this month in Saudi Arabia.

Presenting a team “lineup” of 11 women in football gear, with jerseys pointing to the preventive detention and possible imprisonment for up to 20 years of Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hatloul, the Amnesty activists took a team photo behind a banner urging supporters to “Join Our Team” in protesting the lack of women’s rights in the Saudi kingdom.

Loujain al-Hatloul is one of 11 women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia currently facing jail sentences of up to 20 years each for daring to speak out in favour of increased rights for women.

The Amnesty protesters held aloft scarves of the four Spanish football teams that are currently in Saudi Arabia to participate in the Supercopa tournament: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Valencia and Atlético de Madrid. Saudi Arabia 120 million euros to the FEF Spanish football federation to host the tournament this year.

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