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Moroccan fans thank police for safety after World Cup victory

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Morocco qualified as group winners for the eighth-finals of the World Cup yesterday. The milestone was celebrated by Moroccan fans worldwide. Although many supporters are in the news negatively because of riots, many also show their good side. For example, a video has surfaced of fans singing to the police to thank them. There are also images of Moroccan fans in Belgium making a human chain to prevent riots.

In one of the videos, a man can be seen addressing a large group of fans. “This one is for the cops who support us, party with us and cheer with us,” he explains. “Thanks officers, thanks agents! “, it then sounds in unison.

The police are visibly surprised by the gratitude of the Moroccans and the officers cannot hide a big smile, while they enjoy their moment of fame jumping and singing .

Supporters also show their good side in Brussels. For example, the Belgian newspaper writes that major riots did not occur thanks to the Moroccan community. “Elders and authority figures within the community tried to avoid an escalation and made a human chain to prevent a confrontation.”

The human chain was also on display in Antwerp. “We want to emphasize the commitment of the youth workers and the mayors, who, in consultation with the police, have talked to the young people as much as possible to avoid escalation. At a certain point, this resulted in a remarkable image at the Astridplein, where a human chain prevented a group of rioters from confronting the police. We can only applaud that,” the Antwerp police said to VRT.

Morocco qualified for the next round as group winners of Group E yesterday by beating Canada 2-1. It is the first time in 36 years that the team is in the last 16 of the World Cup. The ‘Lions of the Atlas’ will take on Spain in the eighth final, which narrowly managed to escape elimination yesterday.

The World Cup in Qatar is very controversial. For example, FIFA members have been bribed to vote for Qatar as the host country. Qatar wants to polish its image with this World Cup, but human rights were violated in the realization of the World Cup. In order for this World Cup to take place, a huge number of migrant workers have been exploited and even died. For example, according to Amnesty, they had to work in extreme heat and in unsafe working conditions. In addition, homosexuality is prohibited and women live under a guardianship system, which means that men decide over them. According to many, this makes Qatar an unsuitable host country.

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