June 21st, 2010
12:18 PM ET

South Africa activists stage 'Poor People's World Cup'

Mark Tutton

(CNN) - South African activists are staging a "Poor People's World Cup" to protest the exclusion of poor communities from the FIFA tournament.

The Cape Town-based Anti-Eviction Campaign (AEC) says it is staging the event because most South Africans are not benefiting from the official World Cup.

It says poor people can't afford match tickets and claims traders are being stopped from trading near stadiums, and that people were evicted from their homes in the run up to the competition.

AEC coordinator Ashraf Cassiem told CNN, "It's an attempt by poor people in Cape Town to bring to attention their plight as a result of the World Cup and the effect it has on communities.

"It's a platform created by poor people, for poor people, to expose the evictions and displacements affecting poor people in a negative way."

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