Orange sea of Dutch support as fans clog Durban streets
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.