Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape
Press Statement, Friday 27 November 2009
Protest Against State Repression to be Held at at Macassar Village Tomorrow
We will be holding a protest against state repression at New Road, Maccassar Village, from 11:00 on Saturday 28 November 2009.
Our movement is under serious attack in Durban. Our comrades in Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban have been attacked and had their homes destroyed by an armed ANC militia supported by the local police and politicians. They have also been arrested, denied bail, beaten while in custody and attacked and seriously beaten by the police while going about their ordinary activities in their communities. Many of our comrades are living under death threats and have been turned into refugees. Many of our comrades are no longer able to appear in public in Durban. There have been longstanding problems with democracy in Durban but it is now clear that there is no longer any democracy in Durban. Durban ceased to be a democratic city on 26 September 2009 when this wave of violent repression was launched against our movement.