GPJA: Special Forum Mon July 18 / Anti-Blair protest July 28

GPJA Special Forum: How the South African sports movement was betrayed
Monday 18th July, 7.30pm at Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn

South African sports activist Mark Fredericks is in Auckland as part of a visit to New Zealand which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Springbok tour. Mark is a teacher of photojournalism at Walter Sisulu University in East London. He has studied the role of sport in South African society and the huge impact the non-racial sports movement led by SACOS (the South African Council on Sport) had in the struggle against apartheid. He has produced a video documentary Injury Time which looks at these important roles of sport and the sports boycott in the downfall of South Africa’s apartheid regime. The documentary examines the damage done by the premature lifting of the international sports boycott of South Africa in 1991. Mark argues the sports boycott should have continued to force genuine integration in sport and to provide the funds needed for development of sport across the South African community. The documentary also tackles the controversial issue of the betrayal of SACOS and the non-racial sports movement by the ANC when SACOS fought to remain independent of the political establishment.

Protest the war criminal Tony Blair
Thursday, July 28, 11am, Eden Park Walters Ave Entry, Auckland

Protest the war criminal Tony Blair – "An audience with Tony Blair" has been organised as a fundraiser for Blair ($495 each or $1500 for a single VIP ticket – includes an individual photograph with Blair) and the corporate sector are getting in behind. Blair was a willing participant in the lies and deceit which accompanied the decision to invade Iraq 8 years ago. The protest will highlight this infamous role by a notorious war criminal who with George Bush is responsible for untold misery inflicted on the people of Iraq and the Middle East. Mr Blair is predicted to pocket more than $1 million from the five-date July tour covering New Zealand and Australia.

A statement said Mr Blair was to speak on the future global outlook, paying particular attention to the Middle East, emerging markets and global economy. Since leaving office in 2007, Mr Blair had amassed a personal fortune estimated at $60.9 million, helped by the lecture circuit and lucrative consultancies.

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