Orange sea of Dutch sup­port as fans clog Dur­ban streets

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - CANDICE BAI­LEY

MORE THAN 5 000 Dutch fans, dressed in bright orange, will march from a Dur­ban fan park to the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium later to­day be­fore their team’s clash with Ja­pan.

The march comes hours af­ter two Dutch women broke their si­lence af­ter be­ing ar­rested and charged with am­bush mar­ket­ing. Now Dutch cit­i­zens Bar­bara Castelein and Mirte Nieuw­poort in­tend su­ing Fifa and the SA Po­lice Ser­vice for vi­o­lat­ing their hu­man rights.

But the or­gan­is­ers of to­day’s orange sea, De Oran­je­camp­ing, say their march has noth­ing to do with the ar­rest.

“It was al­ways our in­ten­tion to walk to the sta­di­ums on match days,” said spokesper­son Wieke de Vries, “but it was just im­pos­si­ble to march in Jo­han­nes­burg with the park and ride fa­cil­i­ties at Soc­cer City sta­dium.”

This week, when Hol­land played Den­mark at Soc­cer City, 36 women, dressed in orange “Dutchy” mini dresses, with sub­tle brand­ing of the Dutch beer Bavaria on its seams, were es­corted out of the sta­dium and ques­tioned about an al­leged am­bush mar­ket­ing at­tempt by the beer com­pany. Later Castelein and Nieuw­poort were ar­rested.

The dresses, which the women wore, were sup­pos­edly part of a Queen’s Day cel­e­bra­tion in Hol­land ear­lier this year. And the tick­ets which they were given were comps be­long­ing to Bri­tish chan­nel ITV.

Castelein and Nieuw­poort ap­peared in a lo­cal court this week on charges of con­tra­ven­ing the Mer­chan­dise Marks Act and the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Spe­cial Mea­sures Safety and Se­cu­rity Act.

They were re­leased on R10 000 bail. A state­ment by the women’s attorneys, Bow­man Gil­fil­lan, in­sisted that the women had been sub­jected to se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights, “...both Mon­day af­ter the match and Wed­nes­day when they were ar­rested”.

“Upon ar­rest, their ho­tel room was searched and per­sonal pos­ses­sions were seized with­out the req­ui­site war­rant.”

The women said in a sep­a­rate state­ment that “what started as a nice trip to the World Cup turned into a large scale in­tim­i­da­tion by Fifa”.

Castelein and Nieuw­poort will ap­pear in court again on Tues­day.

Mean­while, a Cape Town artist is ex­press­ing his frus­tra­tion with Fifa dom­i­nat­ing the coun­try, cre­at­ing a T-shirt with the slo­gan Fick Fufa, which is now be­ing seen on the streets.

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