Thank you, world. Your enthusiasm for football and your devotion to the beautiful game is a foot on the throat of our beautiful democracy. As if it’s not enough that most of our schools have not had libraries, as stadiums rise; and as if it’s not enough that our health care system is groaning while gigantic shining airports are constructed to welcome you – now you can be sure not to experience the discomfort of seeing us protest this state of affairs.
Jane Duncan writes of “The Return of State Repression” for the South African Civil Society Information Service:
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a directive to a number of municipalities not to allow marches for the duration of the 2010 World Cup. How many have received it is unclear.
This ban came to light when a civil society march for quality public education, scheduled to take place on 10 June to Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, was banned last week. The Anti-privatisation Forum (APF) also planned to march to protest against aspects of the World Cup and general service delivery issues, but their march was banned too.
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