Brazilian journalist says Qatar police harassed him for carrying flag with 3-color rainbow: ‘They thought it was the LGBT flag’
A rainbow flag during a wedding ceremony at the Court of Justice in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Dec. 8, 2013 [AFP]

A Brazilian journalist covering the World Cup said he was harassed by police in Qatar for carrying a regional flag featuring a three-color rainbow “because they thought it was the LGBT flag.” Victor Pereira, a reporter covering the tournament for several outlets in the northeast state of Pernambuco, said Qatari officers came after him and a group of fellow Brazilians outside the Lusail Iconic stadium Tuesday following Saudi Arabia’s stunning 2-1 win against Lionel Messi’s Argentina. In a short Twitter video, a visibly shaken Pereira said he was hassled after authorities mistook his state’s fla...