European soccer chief “fed up” with calls to boycott World Cup 2018 in Russia

Michel Platini, the head of the European soccer organization UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), said yesterday he was “fed up” with civil and human rights advocates who think it’s a mistake to hold the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

You know who else is fed up? Russia’s victims.

You know who else is fed up?

These Russian high school kids were beaten up by a mob of thugs the other day simply because they were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and some of them were wearing kilts, so the thugs assumed they were gay, and needed to be bashed.  They’re fed up.

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This Ukrainian TV star, who was brutally kidnapped and mentally tortured on camera by a Russian neo-Nazi gang that has the tacit, and now public, approval of the Putin regime – abducted because he’s presumed gay.  He’s fed up.

Ukrainian TV star abducted and tortured by Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich. Photos then posted on VK.com.

Ukrainian TV star abducted and tortured by Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich. Photos then posted on VK.com.

This trans woman, who was brutally kicked and thrown around a public park in Russia simply because she’s different – she’s fed up.

Trans woman brutally beaten by Russian vigilantes, who filmed the attack and then posted it online.

Trans woman brutally beaten by Russian vigilantes, who filmed the attack and then posted it online.

This young South African student, studying in Russia, who was brutally abducted, beaten, and then had a watermelon shoved in his face because he’s black – he’s fed up.

A young gay South African is attacked by Russian vigilantes, who filmed it and posted the video online.

A young gay South African is attacked by Russian vigilantes, who filmed it and posted the video online.

This 15-year-old boy, kidnapped, interrogated on camera, and outed to the world, after having urine poured on his head, simply because his attackers assumed he was gay. He’s fed up.

15 year old gay Russian boy kidnapped, and tortured, by anti-gay vigilantes that the Russian government refused to arrest. His captors later attempted to make him drink urine to "cure" him from being gay.

15 year old gay Russian boy kidnapped, and tortured, by anti-gay vigilantes that the Russian government refused to arrest. His captors later attempted to make him drink urine to “cure” him from being gay.

This boy, named Dima, who lost an eye to anti-gay thugs who barged into a community center in St. Petersburg, beat people, and then shot him in the eye – an eye he may very likely now lose. He’s fed up.

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“First they shut us up with their laws so we cannot say anything in our defense, and then they say we are similar to murderers and perverts. If it’s constantly drilled into people that we are murderers, scum and perverts, I understand why these guys shot at me.”

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Dima.

And finally, you know who else is fed up?

46 million Ukrainians who are about to be invaded by Russia.

They’re fed up too.

Ukraine, via Shutterstock

Ukraine, via Shutterstock

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