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24 Aug 2022

Merlyn Thomas, BBC

Qatar deports migrant workers after wage protest

Qatar has deported migrant workers who protested about unpaid wages, as the country prepares for the football World Cup in November.

At least 60 workers rallied outside Al Bandary International Group's Doha offices on 14 August - some reportedly had not been paid for seven months.

It is not known whether the workers were involved in the World Cup preparations, and the organising committee declined to comment.

But in a statement to the BBC, the Qatari government confirmed that a number of workers who took part in the rare protest in Doha had been detained for breaching public security laws.

A spokesperson for the government's World Cup organising committee declined to comment on the Al Bandary protest. The Al Bandary group did not respond to a request for comment.