BDS wins court bid to protest at Pharrell concert

2015-09-19 18:03
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Cape Town - The local pro-Palestine BDS movement scored a victory on Saturday when they won a court application that aimed to prevent them from getting 40 000 protestors at Grammy award-winning US artist Pharrell Williams’s concert.

The internationally acclaimed producer and performer has come under fire for collaborating with local retail group Woolworths who have been the focus of local pro-Palestine activists for their trade with Israel.

BDS spokesperson Kwara Kekana said the Western Cape High Court declared that the City of Cape Town's restriction of the upcoming #PharrellProtest to 150 people was unconstitutional and therefore invalid.

The organisation applied for a permit from the city to accommodate for 50 000 protestors outside the concert.

They said after consulting with safety and town planning experts, BDS decided to compromise and settle for 40 000 attending protestors.

The City of Cape Town was ordered to pay for legal costs.

“Pharrell Williams, Woolworths, Grand West Casino and the City of Cape Town have tried all they could in the last few weeks to limit and prevent protest action during the upcoming Pharrell Williams Woolworths tour and in particular the concert taking place on Monday 21 September in Cape Town at Grand West Casino at 15:00.

“This is a good day for the BDS movement, Palestine solidarity and for the hard-won freedoms that our fathers and mothers fought for.

“Freedom of expression, the right to assembly and the right to protest are rights of us South Africans that Woolworths, Grand West Casino, the City of Cape Town and Pharrell Williams cannot play with,” Kekana said.

Kekana added that the victory meant BDS would go “full-steam ahead” for Monday’s #PharrellProtest.

The protest forms part of the now year-long #BoycottWoolworths campaign calling on the company to end its relations with Israel.

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