DUBAI: Three Filipino workers who allegedly tore a page from the Muslim holy book, the Koran, and scribbled on it are being investigated on charges of blasphemy, a newspaper reported Sunday. Their employer lodged a complaint with police in the conservative emirate of Sharjah based on a statement by a colleague, the English-language daily The National quoted an official at the Philippines Consulate as saying. The employee said he saw his three colleagues commit the act deemed to be blasphemous in the United Arab Emirates, the paper said. The three men and seven other workers had been involved in a labor dispute with their employer, which had been resolved by terminating their work permits ahead of their deportation, the consulate official told the newspaper. – AFP

This photo is taken in a “labor camp” for the workers in Dubai who and the UAE who build the luxury ski slopes, amusement parks, racing tracks, and shopping malls. They have their passports held, and have to pay for their living and food expenses out of their paychecks. They have a hard time making enough money to retreive their passports to return home, so while Versace and Armani and NYC build their high style shops, these are the people who are used by Dubai to “execute” the labor. The three workers were probably disgruntled by the treatment and took out their frustrations on the Holy book of the Koran.  They need to be protected, and have their human rights issues addressed. But, when hedge funds and universities can make money, their morals go down the tube.

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