Two topless women stormed the stage of a German talk show on Wednesday in protest against the conditions of workers in Qatar who are building facilities for the 2022 World Cup.
The FEMEN activists ran onto the stage of a live football debate during a show hosted by Markus Lanz .
Footballs dripping with blood were painted around the edges of the protesters’ breasts. One of the women had also painted “Blut und Spiele” (Blood and games) on her body, while the other had “don’t play with human rights” written in English across her stomach.
In 2022 the World Cup will be held in the Gulf emirate, a decision that attracted controversy when it was announced by FIFA in 2010.
During the protest the women shouted “Boycott, FIFA, Mafia” while two men, who were also part of the protest, held banners in the background.
Bodyguards tried to remove the women but talkshow host Markus Lanz intervened, telling the security staff to leave them.
Lanz interviewed one of the male demonstrators who said they were protesting against the “slavery” of workers in Qatar. Following the discussion the presenter urged FIFA to put pressue on Qatar to improve working conditions.