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FOOTBALL giants Real Madrid and Barcelona FC have been urged to cut ties with a Spanish airline linked to the British government’s Rwanda deal.
Refugee rights activists from Britain and Spain teamed up with football fans on Sunday to protest outside the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid during the El Clasico game between the rival teams.
Protesters were calling on the teams to boycott private airline Privilege Styles, which is understood to be involved in plans to forcibly remove refugees from Britain to Rwanda.
The airline, based in the Balearic Islands, offers charter flights on behalf of tour operators and VIP customers including Barcelona FC and Real Madrid.
Senior digital campaigns officer Agustina Oliveri at Freedom from Torture, which organised Sunday’s protest, said: “Privilege Style may have brought Barcelona’s team to play here in one of football’s most iconic games.
“That same plane could soon be used to deport torture survivors from Britain on a one-way ticket to an uncertain fate in Rwanda.
“Privilege Style are using their high-profile ties with clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona to sportswash their side-hustle in deporting refugees for the British government.
“We are calling on Real Madrid and Barcelona to set aside their on-pitch rivalry and boycott Privilege Style until they end their involvement in the cruel ‘cash-for-humans’ scheme.”
The airline has been repeatedly targeted by the group. On the same day as the cancelled June 14 flight to Rwanda, Kolbassia Haoussou, a torture survivor and director of the charity, confronted Privilege Style bosses at the firm’s HQ in Mallorca in a bid to pressure the airline to drop its partnership with the Home Office.
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