/People in blackface march in Sochi parade before Confederations Cup

People in blackface march in Sochi parade before Confederations Cup


AP

Published 12:33 p.m. ET May 30, 2017 | Updated 5 hours ago

MOSCOW (AP) — People in blackface wearing African clothing and carrying bananas marched in a government-backed weekend parade in Sochi, a city that will host one of Cameroon’s matches at the Confederations Cup.

A photograph on the city government’s official website showed two people in blackface at Saturday’s parade. One was wearing an afro-style wig and bananas on a string, while the other was wearing a Cameroon jersey and a headdress while holding a drum. The photo was later removed.

The people in the photograph are accompanied by others waving Cameroonian flags.

Lolade Adewuyi, a Nigerian journalist studying in Russia who witnessed the parade, told The Associated Press the people in blackface appeared as part of a section devoted to the June 17-July 2 Confederations Cup, a key test event for next year’s World Cup.

Cameroon plays Germany in Sochi on June 25.

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