Friday, December 2, 2011

Info Bill protest hits London

Info Bill protest hits London
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 5:29
The protest against the contentious Protection of State Information Bill will be going international on Saturday.

The South African community in London is expected to take the fight against the bill to Trafalgar Square.

South Africans are expected to gather outside the South African High Commission to voice their outrage against the muzzling effects of the so-called secrecy bill.

The Right2Know (R2K) Campaign's Dale McKinley said protesters chose the historically significant place to hold the demonstration.

"That was the place in the 1970s and 1980s, in particular, where there were lot of anti-apartheid protests. It is something that has historical symbolism, in a lot of ways, and it is especially because this bill, we feel, will be taking us backwards," stated McKinley.

In South Africa, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) and R2K Campaign unveiled their joint plan to fight the controversial legislation earlier this week.

At the same time, AfriForum launched an online petition, which it says has been signed by more than 10,000 people in its first 48 hours of going viral.

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