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Delegates clash at youth fest

2010-12-19 16:30

Pretoria - Police were called in to stop clashes between delegates from Morocco and Western Sahara at the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students on Sunday.

The clashes took place at the festival's "Anti-Imperialist Court", which National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) chairperson Andile Lungisa said was "presiding over matters of imperialism against countries".

Shortly after, delegates went scurrying to leave the building as a partition fell due to heavy winds.

At a press conference on Sunday, Lungisa downplayed the clashes, saying that slogans were shouted and "that voices were high. We intervened but no police were called. There were no injuries. It was nothing".

However Moroccan journalist Ahmed El Jechitimi told Sapa that problems began in Hall G when a group of whom he believed were Western Saharan supporters and members of the Catalonian Socialist delegations tried to replace the Moroccan banner with one that read "Morocco is a Zionist State".

"I was there. I heard shouting and there was an Algerian flag. There were clashes and slogans were being shouted and the police intervened," he said.

A Palestinian journalist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that there were clashes, but he could not say who started it.

Lungisa said that the festival had been a success with almost 17 000 delegates attending the event, which he said was the biggest number since the festival was held in Moscow in 1985.

He again urged the media to focus on the positive aspects of the festival such as the "seeds being planted by this festival towards a world in unity, solidarity and peace.

"A glaring minority (of the media) has undertaken this more challenging task of sitting through the seminars to capture the essence of the debates and discussions taking place there."

He said that on Wednesday there would be a march for peace from Church Square in Pretoria through to the Union Buildings where resolutions of the festival would be handed to the South African government.

Police confirmed the incident later on Sunday afternoon.

Captain Dennis Adrio said police were called in to separate a fight.

"No injuries were reported, no arrests were made, and police were stationed at the event for the rest of the day," Adrio said.

Comments
  • BringDit - 2010-12-19 16:50

    LOL! Epic Fail

      Zion - 2010-12-20 10:12

      The Efraims and G-MEN will probably not agree. This fiasco is the food, ammunition and sauce for the protractors of the rulers of this country. If the price was not so high we will be laughing out aloud. Sadly it comes, again, down to ineptitude and stupidity of our so-called leaders. It would be enlightening as to what rationale was used to allocate the overall R69 000 000 against the backdrop of poverty, aids, housing, education, et al. The culprits belong in Jail. The lotto funds will soon be targetted by the long fingers of corruption and all eyes will be averted. TATA my millions.

      Jou Mal Emmer - 2010-12-20 10:52

      Yup! another 69M blown on wild life!

      Mad Hatter - 2010-12-20 10:57

      Where is this empire ? This supposed force of imperialism ? It's like me asking Govt for R69m for a world festival against the Klingons .

      AJ - 2010-12-20 12:44

      @Mad Hatter: I'd be more inclined to grant your request too.

      people.3000 - 2011-02-08 14:37

      Did you guys work it out, thats R5882.35 per head. What the hell did they give them?

  • Willem - 2010-12-19 17:03

    What are we doing with the whole world's radical leftists in our country? Having themselves a hell of a ball with our money!

  • WiseOwl2 - 2010-12-19 17:08

    Africa !!!! a continent doomed to self destruction ?????

  • Pierewiet - 2010-12-19 17:09

    Who would have thought that the rest of Africa's "youth" were the same as ours? Hehehe!

  • WiseOwl2 - 2010-12-19 17:14

    Africa !!! A continent doomed to self destruction ???

  • mba - 2010-12-19 17:18

    God, this just gets better and better. What a bunch of losers!

  • Arsenefaithful - 2010-12-19 17:19

    Useless Andile Lungisa. Blinded by ignorance.

  • bosegoos - 2010-12-19 17:24

    Nothing went right at this festical. Apart from the delegates from the Sahara region resorting to camel fights the organisers were blamed for bad food, accommodation, transport and they even encountered cockroaches. They did not mention what specie of cocroaches were detected but Julius M said he did not spot the Premier of the Western Cape at the festival ?.

      THH - 2010-12-20 11:39

      You say nothing went right I guess it is because they are "Left"

  • johnstonel32 - 2010-12-19 17:31

    already costing the tax-payer ZAR69million & now efven more in cops wages - what a joke ........ !!

  • FFS - 2010-12-19 17:38

    You can't male this stuff up. What makes it even funnier is that these clowns take themselves so seriously and actually think they are achieving something. Hilarious. Pity the taxpayer has to foot the bill for the circus though. But hey, I'm sure the previously disadvantaged are totally okay going without schools, homes, electricity, clean water.....while these buffoons clown around like this.

      Digit - 2010-12-20 01:12

      FFS !!!!

      Other Justin - 2010-12-20 09:56

      Yip, totally agree. The problem is that the poor majority even though they are the real victims here, will still put their crosses next to the useless ANC-PF party. Totally ridiculous, if you ask me.

  • Worldwise - 2010-12-19 17:57

    Even the commies can't agree with each other and then they want to defeat imperialism? Andile Lungisa also displays the usual commie trait of denying that anything could be wrong. Wake up you twats, communism died 20 years ago but you were too busy burning black "imperialists" in the townships using tyre necklaces to notice.

      Wonderboy - 2010-12-21 19:31

      I wonder a lot about that. I am not so certain that communism is dead. It think it has just had plastic surgery. Beware!!

  • Crest Publishing - 2010-12-19 18:07

    What else do you expect from the rabble of Africa gathered here in our country. Malema would feel quite at home.

  • Juli Ass - 2010-12-19 18:08

    ...and this circus continues, bloody agents!!!

  • maseratifitt - 2010-12-19 18:14

    This is an extremely important conference. The organisers called on Napoleon to stop his invasions and warned him not to enter into Russia this winter. Queen Victoria was also requested to relinquish recent "acquisitions". Furthermore, Germany and France, as well as Portugal, have been given ultimatums at this conference to withdraw from Africa immediately. I think the R69m was well spent. A lot of this money was spent on air travel which has a nice warming effect on our Globe.

  • corro51 - 2010-12-19 18:22

    Going to hand the resolutions of conference to guvment(sic) at Union Buildings. What a crock !

  • Pavel - 2010-12-19 19:30

    It didn’t cause the communist (socialist is better) idea but a nationalism, an intolerance and perhaps a militant religion. I personally disagree with any nationally heartburning, but I understand that every nation has right to have own country. The hothead isn’t good to solving any problems.

  • Macho Mike - 2010-12-19 20:10

    So Mr Lungisa, another brilliantly organised event, financially worth while, held in peace with fantastic international attendances. A truly world class festival held in a world class venue. I prefer the fable below:- AS Chicken-licken was going one day to the wood, whack! an acorn fell from a tree on to his head. "Gracious goodness me!" said Chicken-licken, "the sky must have fallen; I must go and tell the King." So Chicken-licken turned back, and met Hen-len. "Well, Hen-len, where are you going ?" said he. "I'm going to the wood," said she. "Oh, Hen-len, don't go!" said he, "for as I was going the sky fell on to my head, and I'm going to tell the King." So Hen-len turned back with Chicken-licken, and met Cock-lock. "I'm going to the wood," said he. Then Hen-len said:' "Oh Cock-lock, don't go, for I was going, and I met Chicken-licken, and Chicken-licken had been at the wood, and the sky had fallen on to his head, and we are going to tell the King." So Cock-lock turned back, and they met Duck-luck. " Well, Duck-luck, where are you going?" And Duck-luck said: "I'm going to the wood." Then Cock-lock said: "Oh! Duck-luck, don't go, for I was going, and I met Hen-len, and Hen-len met Chicken-licken, and Chicken-licken had been at the wood, and the sky had fallen on to his head, and we are going to tell the King." So Duck-luck turned back,and met Drake-lake. "Well, Drake-lake, where are you going?" And Drake-lake said: "I'm going to the wood." Then Duck-luck said: "Oh! Drake-lake, don't go, for I was going, and I met Cock-lock, and Cock-lock met Hen-len, and Hen-len met Chicken-licken, and Chicken-licken had been at the wood, and the sky had fallen on to his head, and, we are going to tell the King." So Drake-lake turned back, and met Goose-loose. "Well, Goose-loose, where are you going?" And Goose-loose said: "I'm going to the wood." Then Drake-lake said: "Oh, Goose-loose, don't go, for I was going, and I met Duck- luck, and Duck-luck met Cock-lock, and Cock-lock met Hen-len, and Hen-len met Chicken-licken, and Chicken-licken had been at the wood, and the sky had fallen on to his head, and we are going to tell the King." So Goose-loose turned back, and met Gander-lander. "Well, Gander-lander, where are you going ?" And Gander-lander said: "I'm going to the wood." Then Goose-loose said: "Oh! Gander-lander, don't go, for I was going, and I met Drake-lake, and Drake-lake met Duck-luck, and Duck-luck met Cock-lock, and Cock- lock met Hen-len, and Hen-len met Chicken-licken, and Chicken-licken had been at the wood, and the sky had fallen on to his head, and we are going to tell the King." So Gander-lander turned back, and met Turkey-lurkey. "Well, Turkey-lurkey, where are you going?" And Turkey-lurkey said: "I'm going to the wood." Then Gander-dander said: "Oh! Turkey-lurkey, don't go, for I was going, and I met Goose-loose, and Goose-loose met Drake-lake, and Drake-lake met Duck-luck, and Duck-luck met Cock-lock, and Cock-lock met Hen-len, and Hen-len met Chicken-licken, and Chicken-licken had been at the wood, and the sky had fallen on to his head, and we are going to tell the King." So Turkey-lurkey turned back, and walked wiith Gander-lander, Goose-loose, Drake- lake, Duck-luck, Cock-lock, Hen-len, and Chicken-licken. And as they were going along, they met Fox-lox. And Fox-lox said: "Where are you going ?" And they said: "Chicken-licken went to the wood, and the sky fell on to his head, and we are going to tell the King." And Fox-lox said: "Come along with me, and I will show you the way." But Fox-lox took them into the fox's hole, and he and his young ones soon ate up poor Chicken-licken, Hen-len, Cock-lock, Duck-luck, Drake-lake, Goose-loose,' Ganderdander, and Turkey-lurkey; and they never saw the King to tell him that the sky had fallen.

      Dave - 2010-12-19 21:04

      Awesome!

      Zion - 2010-12-20 09:59

      Now do you think that chicken-licken was a botoxed 3rd generation, recycled Supreme path-crapper?

  • Henryford - 2010-12-19 20:17

    So much for future peace & solidarity

  • Jacques - 2010-12-19 21:37

    Imperialism, as defined by The Dictionary of Human Geography, is "the creation and maintenance of an unequal economic, cultural and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form of an empire, based on domination and subordination." The Imperialism of the last 500 years is described in the above work as a primarily western undertaking that employs "expansionist – mercantilism and latterly communist – systems."[1] Geographical domains include the Mongolian Empire, Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the Portuguese Empire, the Spanish Empire, the Dutch Empire, the Persian Empire, the French Empire,[2] the Russian Empire,[3] the Chinese Empire, or the British Empire,[4] but the term can equally be applied to domains of knowledge, beliefs, values and expertise, such as the empires of Christianity (see Christendom)[5] or Islam (see Caliphate).[6] Imperialism is usually autocratic, and also sometimes monolithic (i.e. having a massive, unchanging structure that does not permit individual variation)[7] in characte

  • ekkerd - 2010-12-19 23:01

    Do they even know that the ANC IS the government?

  • Zanu - 2010-12-19 23:48

    no no no Why do we invite and pay for all these criminals to be here. the ANC has gone mad. Support our poor - not 69 million on terrorist organisations from all over Africa and the middle east. Pathetic

  • Wernerkwane - 2010-12-20 07:27

    R70 mil FAIL HA! HA! HA! Scary thought though, these same morons will be organizing (running) our country in a few years!!!!!

  • AJ - 2010-12-20 08:38

    "The clashes took place at the festival's "Anti-Imperialist Court", which National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) chairperson Andile Lungisa said was "presiding over matters of imperialism against countries"." - This is surely a joke right?

      THH - 2010-12-20 11:47

      No its Left

  • stephanjvv - 2010-12-20 09:20

    Again, this is not the "National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)" it is the "National ANC Youth Development Agency (NAYDA)". So actually what is happening at this even is expected.

      stephanjvv - 2010-12-20 09:21

      event, not even

  • Other Justin - 2010-12-20 09:30

    LOL - Yip, it is the media's fault again for only reporting on the "bad" in the conference and not on the good. Like there was anything good happening at this party in Pretoria! What a waste of money and time. This country is totally stuffed at the moment, I hope and pray that the ANC-PF supporters see the light and vote for someone else, although I am sure I there is more chance of me being able to flap my arms and fly. VIVA AMAUSELESS VIVA!!!!

  • Thangy - 2010-12-20 14:18

    Another R 69 000 000.00 just thrown away!

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