VOICES OF THE STREETS – Episode 3: Violently Displaced Refugees
Voices of the Streets is a podcast series published by the Alternative Information and Development Center (AIDC). It highlights peoples voices and opinions during political events happening primarily in Cape Town.
We believe that social justice and effective democracy implies the working class and marginalized groups to be the most listened to. Therefore we are out on the streets recording protestors, offering a mouthpiece for those voices that remain too often unheard.
This episode deals with a peak in the crisis of refugees. After recent xenophobic attacks on foreigners a group of 200 to 300 refugees decided to occupy the building in which the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is located. They are asking to be assisted to leave South Africa because of xenophobic violence in the country. A peaceful sit-in was forcefully ended by the police on Wednesday 30th 2019. Notwithstanding, the refugees struggle continues and is far from over.
Various refugees/ protester of the occupation
The podcast interviews were realized by Barbara Debout, an independant journalist:
https://www.groundup.org.za/article/unhcr-refugees-evicted/– https://www.sapeople.com/2019/10/31/south-african-police-forcefully-evict-refugees-from-cape-town-city-centre-peaceful-protest https://mg.co.za/article/2019-10-31-cape-town-police-action-against-refugees-under-scrutinyhttps://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/cpt-refugees-church-evicted-unhcr/
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-11-21-refugee-leader-accused-of-misleading-protesters/ (critical article about the leader of the occupation)
Jingle beat: Accuse by Alaska
Producers: Janina Jablonski & Emile Thiodet