Monday, March 29, 2010

Authoritarians Love Their Gracious Host Act

South Africa to kick homeless off streets before World Cup

"Thousands of homeless people are being forced off the streets of South Africa to hide the scale of poverty there from World Cup fans.
More than 800 tramps, beggars and street children have already been removed from Johannesburg and sent to remote settlements hundreds of miles away.
And in Cape Town, where England face Algeria on June 18, up to 300 have been moved to Blikkiesdorp camp where 1,450 families are crammed in a settlement of tin huts designed for just 650 people.
Johannesburg councillor Sipho Masigo was unrepentant. "Homelessness and begging are big problems in the city," he said. "You have to clean your house before you have guests. There is nothing wrong with that."


8/08 - Beijing's Olympic Cleanup Sends Migrants and Homeless Packing

10/09 - Vancouver Planning Olympic Homeless Evictions


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