At the Manchester LGBT Pride parade, Qatari police cadets practiced for the 2022 World Cup.

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Qatari police cadets practiced for the 2022 World Cup at the Manchester LGBT Pride Parade.

Before the World Cup, Qatar sent 300 police cadets to Manchester to learn English and British policing skills.

They’ve worked the beat in Manchester’s streets and witnessed England’s ‘alcohol-fueled nightlife,’ as well as marching in an LGBT(plus) Pride parade, but when Qatari police officers deal with more than a million football fans in the heady atmosphere of the World Cup in a year’s time, they’ll be the human face of a much stricter legal regime.

Homosexual acts are punishable by up to three years in prison – with the possibility of death for Muslims under sharia law – and the Gulf state is ranked as the second most dangerous place in the world for LGBT(plus) tourists.

While drinking and being drunk in public is legal, it is illegal, according to a US State Department report from last year, which stated that there were 375 cases of court-ordered flogging for various offenses in the country in 2019.

Gavin Sherrard-Smith of Cheltenham was sentenced to 50 lashes with a bamboo cane in 1993 after police accused him of breaking the country’s strict alcohol laws, which he denied.

“With each blow, the pain intensified until my entire back felt like it was on fire,” he described his ordeal in 2015.

Not only Amnesty International has issued warnings about visiting Qatar, with Gulf researcher May Ramanos saying, “Supporters planning the trip should examine the country’s human rights record before setting out.”

“There may be serious penalties for doing something that is not illegal in the UK but is illegal in Qatar – for example, a bounced cheque,” warns the UK government in its own travel advice.

You should become familiar with and respect local laws and customs.”

Questions have been raised about how Qatar’s police and security personnel will treat fans and keep them safe in a country where showing public signs of affection can be considered a criminal offense and wearing shorts in certain places is considered offensive.

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News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.

Qatari police cadets practiced for the 2022 World Cup at the Manchester LGBT Pride Parade.

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World Cup 2022: Qatari police cadets prepared for tournament at Manchester LGBT Pride parade

World Cup 2022: Qatari police cadets prepared for tournament at Manchester LGBT Pride parade

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