URGENT ALERT: The South African Police have surrounded theInternational Forum on Globalisation]

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Sun Aug 25 02:38:06 MDT 2002

Indymedia Centre
Press statement
24 August 2002

The South African Police have surrounded the International
Forum on Globalisation

Total onslaught as police fire teargas on Vandana Shiva and
Naomi Klein

The IFG have just closed today’s forum at Wits University
with a rally in support of the freedom of expression, and
against the brutal clampdown on dissent. The IFG delegates
are joining the Anti Privatisation Forum in a march to
Thabo Mbeki Square (formerly the famous John Vorster
Square). Moments ago, the marchers were attempting to leave
the university campus on route to the police station where
over 250 members of the Soldiers Forum and Landless Peoples
Movement (LPM) were until yesterday detained. The soldiers
have still not been released and reports of their fingers
being broken by police, teargassing in their cells and the
coughing-up of blood have not relented the state’s resolve.

Police had cordoned off the rally and are now trying to
restrict it to the university campus. With such heavy
security deployment and with the police seeing only red,
the prospect of arrests is not unlikely. Vandana Shiva and
Naomi Klein, among the most prominent of the IFG speakers,
are participating in the march and could well found
themselves victims of the South African government’s ‘total

News just in is that the police have fired teargas on the
marchers and have arrested a reknowned South African
filmmaker, Rehad Desai. The marchers are refusing to leave
the point of confrontation until Rehad is released.
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