INTRODUCTION: The South African Springboks rugby team completed the first game of their controversial United States tour on Friday (18 September) without major interruptions from anti-apartheid demonstrators.But they had to keep the location of their match secret until the last minute.And at the United Nations Adeyene Bandele, a spokesman for SART -- the Stop the South African Rugby Tour organisation -- spoke out against the two remaining games due to be played.A report from Fred Briggs of NBC in Chicago.
GV Springboks practising in Grant park, Chicago
GV Midwest Rugby Union team practising in Lincoln Park (3 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne and city council members (2 shots)
GV ZOOM OUT FROM Clubhouse in Wisconsin TO playing fields (2 shots)
SV Game being played in Racine, wisconsin watched by spectators (3 shots)
CU James Cotton speaking
SV Crowd watching match
SV Demonstrators being removed (2 shots)
SV Protestors being arrested
GV Players shaking hands after match
CU Jay Nollman of Midwest Rugby Union speaking
SV Edward Lee of Rugby Union speaking
SV Springboks boarding bus and leaving (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR Anti tour spokesman Adeyene Bandele speaking at United Nations
BRIGGS: "On three occasions the team practised a few blocks away in Grant Park. The Midwest Rugby Union, which invited them, worked out in Lincoln Park. Either would have been a good site for a rugby match, except that earlier in the week the city council and Mayor Jane Byrne passed a resolution against holding that match in Chicago.
"A Wisconsin resort northwest of the city was rumoured to be the game site, but the owner abruptly cancelled the team's reservations. It was beginning to look as if they wouldn't be playing at all."
"Ticket holders weren't told of the location until early this morning, a city park in a black neighbourhood. When James Cotton got up this morning, he couldn't believe it."
COTTON: "Just think, in a black neighbourhood, something like this. We in big trouble with the world now."
BRIGGS: "The secrecy worked as far as Chicago protestors were concerned. But not for Racine residents."
"There were two arrest for disorderly conduct. The Springboks, incidentally, defeated the Midwesterners 46-12. Union official Jay Nollman was still pleased though."
NOLLMAN: "We played the match and that's what we wanted to accomplish. We did it."
BRIGGS: "And that's not the end, according to U.S. rugby's Edward Lee."
REPORTER: "Glad to have the game under the belt?"
LEE: "Well we got two to go."
BRIGGS: "But where? New York Governor Hugh Carey ruled out Albany and Mayor Ed Koch ruled out New York City. Somewhere in the East, we're told. Fred Briggs, NBC News, Racine, Wisconsin."
BANDELE: "It must be emphasised that while we are pleased with Governor Carey's decision to cancel the Albany game, we feel strongly that he did so for the wrong reasons. In saying that the match was cancelled to preserve public safety, the governor implied that our presence as demonstrators would provoke violence. SART's position has always been that we would participate in a massive peaceful protest in coordination with local Albany organisers. The only person who have mentioned the word violence have been the American Nazi Party, and the KKK. Both have said that they would use violence against demonstrators to protect the Springboks. It is their attitude like that of the white minority rulers inside of South Africa that provokes violence. It is the violence of racists, be they in the United States or in South Africa, that the forces in SART have united to fight against."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The South African Springboks rugby team completed the first game of their controversial United States tour on Friday (18 September) without major interruptions from anti-apartheid demonstrators.But they had to keep the location of their match secret until the last minute.And at the United Nations Adeyene Bandele, a spokesman for SART -- the Stop the South African Rugby Tour organisation -- spoke out against the two remaining games due to be played.A report from Fred Briggs of NBC in Chicago.