News24: Gay film fest posters removed

NEWS24 REPORTS:

Gay film fest posters removed

2009-09-14 11:51

Cape Town – The organisers of the Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Cape Town say the removal of their posters is an act of "homophobia", Eyewitness News reported on Monday.

Festival organisers claimed about 700 posters advertising the event had been removed from lampposts across the Peninsula just days before the festival.

The event, in its 16th year, kicked off on Thursday last week in the Mother City, 702 said.

Festival director Nody Murphy said they had laid a charge with police as they believed whoever was behind this wanted to prove a point.

‘Homophobic act’

"Somebody who’s got too much time on their hands, somebody very organised, I have to say, because it takes a long time to take down 700 posters, and go up and down every street of Cape Town removing my posters. I can only believe that it is a homophobic act."

Cape Town police spokesperson Carin Loock said the matter was being investigated.

"Saps can confirm that a case of malicious damage to property has been opened after several posters have been removed from lamp poles in the city as well as nearby areas in Cape Town. The case is currently under investigation."

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