[Marxism] South Africa: FIFA forbids free speech at World Cup | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Jul 7 19:34:28 MDT 2010
By *Patrick Bond*
July 7, 2010 -- Acting against our alleged "ambush marketing" and
"incitement" (sic), the South African Police Service, newly augmented
with 40,000 additional cadre for the World Cup, detained several of us
here in Durban last weekend. We were simply exercising freedom of
expression at our favourite local venue, the South Beach Fan Fest, whose
half-million visitors is a record.
Wearing hidden microphones so as to tape discussions with police
leadership, what we learned was chilling, for they have received orders
from Durban city manager Mike Sutcliffe that the property rights of the
world soccer body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association
(FIFA), overrule our foundational constitutional rights.
“We can charge you and detain you until the 11th of July, [when] FIFA is
over!”, a top officer shouted at me during my second interrogation, on
Saturday, July 3.
Full article at http://links.org.au/node/1779
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