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South African cities are planning to create “concentration camps” to house thousands of poor people well away from the football stadiums where next year’s World Cup will be staged, charities say.
Human rights groups in Cape Town and Johannesburg have expressed outrage at leaked plans to clear the streets of the homeless during the tournament. Councils in Johannesburg and Durban have told charities that street children and the destitute will be “compassionately” relocated out of city centres from next month.
VICTORIA — The British Columbia government hopes to have a law in place by early this winter allowing police, paramedics and other officials to forcibly move homeless people off the street during extreme weather, Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman said Monday.
Coleman said the idea began to take shape in January after the death of a homeless woman known as Tracey, who burned to death while trying to keep warm on the streets of Vancouver’s West End.
Coleman told reporters in Victoria the legislation is still being drafted, but vigorously dismissed the portion of a leaked internal document that said police would have the power to jail people if they are not accommodated at any shelters.
Originally posted by NoEXcUseS
Yet another instance of subtle cues from the mass media...