Say you’re a backward tyranny with a lot of money and a lot of slaves that serves as the sugar daddy for ISIS, but your image has some problems, what do you do?
Well you just get some of your slaves to run in flip-flops to try to break some sort of marathon record to fix your image.
“In an effort to break the Guinness World Record for the largest marathon ever, officials in Doha, Qatar, bused in thousands of immigrant slaves working in the country and forced them to run in whatever clothes they had — including even if they were shoeless.
Many workers wound up running in jeans and flip-flops, Doha News reported. Those who tried to leave were forced to stay in the marathon and cross the line, which was required for their participation to count. The marathon was started at 2 p.m., when the temperature was 84 degrees.”
Heat-related working conditions already kill a whole lot of the slave laborers in Qatar,
“The race’s official website branded the marathon as a protest against global negative opinions toward Qatar, including a “decisive response to the campaign waged by the sector of envious haters on the success of Qatar to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and to their false allegations of persecution of workers and residents in our beloved country.”
Somehow, forcing slaves to run 13.1 miles in the heat doesn’t seem to be the appropriate response to those allegations.”
Or maybe it’s the perfect response.
“However, participants were surprised to see large numbers of other “competitors”, mostly of South Asian appearance, were running without proper kit. Some were wearing jeans and flip-flops.
“Some tried to drop out but, according to one witness, were ordered to keep running.
“Eventually, the organisers gave up their attempt on the record after numbers fell short. The marathon was ended early and the workers were seen being loaded on buses back to their dormitories.”
Marathon Macht Frei.