Coronavirus: A Call for Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

re posted from                         ABAHLALI baseMJONDOLO

Coronavirus: A Call for Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Coronavirus: A Call for Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

Abahlali baseMjondolo has held small meetings with elected leaders in all the provinces where we have members to discuss the coronavirus crisis. The best available scientific information has been shared with our members. We have decided to suspend our entire programme of meetings and protests until the crisis has passed. This includes our annual UnFreedom Day rally held each year in April, which usually attracts more than 5 000 people.

We have declared a red alert in all land occupations and settlements affiliated to the movement. The resources that would have been used for meetings, protests and rallies have all been redirected towards providing equipment that can help people to survive this crisis. We are all doing all that we can to communicate the best information, based on science, to our members and to combat fake news and conspiracy theories.

We will do all that we can to keep our members, and other impoverished people safe. However, we face some serious challenges which result from the longstanding social crisis. Shack dwellers, and other poor people, including street traders, casual workers and undocumented migrants, have not been taken into consideration when it comes to the prevention of the corona virus, or included in decision making about the crisis.

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Coronavirus: A Call for Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

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