[Marxism] Patrick Bond arrested for protesting xenophobia

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jul 5 07:30:27 MDT 2010


The Mercury

FIFA turf 'not the place for other agendas'
Activists held at Durban fan park

July 05, 2010 Edition 1

Wendy Jasson da Costa

Activist, Durban academic and Mercury columnist Patrick Bond was 
arrested twice and warned that he would be charged with ambush marketing 
for handing out anti-xenophobia fliers at the beachfront Fifa Fan Fest 
at the weekend.

Bond, head of the Centre for Civil Society, based at the University of 
KwaZulu-Natal, student Samantha Sencer-Mura and and Giuliano 
Martiniello, who is part of an Italian film crew, were detained by 
police at South Beach while handing out the fliers.

Bond said he was grilled for two hours by police and a member of the 
National Intelligence Agency, who said they could be charged with 
incitement and ambush marketing.

"All we were marketing was the constitution," said Bond, who could not 
understand Fifa's "control freak mindset".

He said the police were at pains to explain that the Fan Fest was Fifa 
turf and that "there was no space for constitutional rights". They also 
told him he could be creating a problem by promoting a rally, said Bond.

After the anti-xenophobia rally on Saturday, he returned to the 
beachfront to hand out fliers questioning whether Fifa had taken too 
much out of South Africa - like R25 billion in tax-free profits, and 
with nothing trickling down to poor people. He was detained and 
questioned again before being released.

Bond said his aim was to create awareness of the threat of another 
countrywide wave of xenophobia, which was likely to occur after the 
World Cup, and to prevent it.

Last month, ambush marketing made headlines when two Dutch women were 
arrested and charged for being behind a campaign to promote Bavaria, a 
beer company sponsoring 36 "Bavaria babes" to wear branded orange 
dresses at a match between Denmark and Holland.

Budweiser is an official sponsor of the World Cup and Bavaria was not 
allowed to promote its brand in Fifa areas.

Police Brigadier Phindile Radebe said Bond had been warned that: "In 
terms of the Fifa act, no one is allowed to use a Fifa platform for his 
own goal."

A Fifa spokesman would not comment, saying Fifa were aware of the 
incident but had not received any information from the police.

At Saturday's rally, Bishop Paul Verryn, of the Central Methodist Church 
in Joburg, said it was better to create awareness of the threat of 
xenophobia and to avert another crisis than to keep quiet and watch 
another tragedy unfold after the World Cup.

"Unless proved otherwise, it is the politicians who are behind these 
threats," said Verryn, who has helped thousands of asylum seekers.

While sceptics have questioned whether the rumours hold any water, 
Bibimba Mufaume of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who works in 
Congella, said his South African colleagues were concerned for his 
safety and had advised him to seek alternative safe accommodation soon.

Mufaume called on the government to forestall another wave of xenophobia.


Hawkers arrested at Soccer City
Jul 3, 2010 12:39 PM | By Sapa

Ten hawkers trading at the Soccer City in Soweto were arrested for 
violating their trade permits, Johannesburg metro police said on Saturday.

"Some were trading in goods that they did not have permit to sell while 
others had no permit at all to sell at the stadium," said Chief 
Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

He said the hawkers were arrested on Friday night, during the game 
between Ghana and Uruguay.

Their goods have been confiscated and they will have to pay a fine to 
released them.

They will have to pay a fine of R1000 for perishable goods and R1500 for 
non perishable.

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