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Qatari World Cup officials trample the rainbow flag of Brazil’s Pernambuco region after mistaking it for the LGBTQ flag

Qatari officials caused an uproar on Tuesday after mistaking the rainbow flag of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco for a gay pride flag and throwing it to the ground and stomping on it.

Witnesses said Qatari officials were exasperated by the flag after Saudi Arabia beat Argentina at the World Cup, according to news site g1.

Qatari authorities reportedly took a Pernambuco flag from Brazilian representatives at Lusail Stadium, Doha. Journalist Victor Pereira said local authorities took the flag, threw it on the ground and then stomped on it.

As noted by g1, the Pernambuco flag has no connection to the gay agenda.

“The rainbow on the flag of Pernambuco symbolizes the union of all Pernambuco and refers to the diversity of those who have come together around an ideal. It has been present on the state flag since 1817 , the year of the Pernambuco Revolution, which made Pernambuco independent from Portugal for 70 days,” reported g1.

“In the beginning, the arch was red, yellow and white, symbolizing the beginning of a new era, of peace, friendship and unity. In 1917, it changed to red, yellow and green”, added the site.

Besides a rainbow, the Pernambuco state flag also includes the symbology of the sun, a blue field to represent the sky, a white area to indicate peace, and a Christian cross to represent the residents’ religious denominations.

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