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Your Right 2 Know: Thousands March on Parliament Against the Secrecy Bill (Galleries)

Leadership of the March

Alert! Marches against the Protection of Information (“Secrecy”) Bill were held in Cape Town and Durban yesterday, organised by the Right2Know Campaign – and BOOK SA’s intrepid correspondent Liesl Jobson was on the job.

She came back with some terrific snaps from the Cape Town march, which was attended by thousands, and which we are proud to present here.

BOOK SA member André Brink spoke alongside the likes of political cartoonist Zapiro, Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes, poet and activist James Matthews, Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba and members of the Treatment Action Campaign, before the march’s leaders handed over a petition condemning the bill to a representative of parliament. Brink had what was surely the quote of the hour when, riffing on a sign held up by an activist in the crowd, he said, ” “Even if the emperor is wearing condoms, he must not fuck with writers.”

Main gallery of photos

Stefaans Brümmer & Nic DawesMarchers and the MountainMax du Preez & André BrinkChained & GaggedImams & Kader AsmalEtienne van HeerdenJames MatthewsMary BurtonLiesl Jobson, Camera Men & Andre BrinkAndré Brink, Karina Szczurek & Willemien BrümmerThe Emperor Wears No F*****G CondomsZapiroZapiro & a Man of the ClothNic DawesMarcella Naidoo & Mary BurtonCrowd Outside ParliamentServamus

There are plenty more snaps on BOOK SA’s Facebook page:

Facebook gallery

Facebook gallery

 

Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    October 28th, 2010 @23:31 #
     
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    This pics are GREAT! If you blur yr vision a little, that first one (with the [current] Arch, Kader et al), could be straight from the 80s (no tear-gas, tho). Am very proud of my friends who marched and wish I could have been there. However, that folk like Andre Brink, Mary Burton, Max du Preez and many more have had to march for freedom of the press TWICE in one adult lifetime is an appalling indictment of the post-apartheid leadership...

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  • Estelle
    Estelle
    October 29th, 2010 @08:08 #
     
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    Yes, fantastic photos. What a spirit of comradeship (to use that rather 80s word) there was. It's inspiring to see the widest range of South Africans possible marching together, from literary big shots to gogos with little grandchildren being spoonfed from tupperware blikkies. Thanks, Liesl and BookSA! Sies on you, government.

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  • Estelle
    Estelle
    January 21st, 2012 @13:17 #
     
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    There is a link to this gallery of photos on this article, "Interrobangs in My Heart", which I published on a travel website:
    http://noveladventurers.blogspot.com/

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