Chaos erupts as police arrest refugees at UN offices: Caught on camera

Chaos erupts as police arrest refugees at UN offices: Caught on camera

- The South African Police Service (SAPS) used force to stop a peaceful protest that took place in Cape Town

- A group of refugees had gathered at the UN office in Cape Town in an attempt to persuade the South African government to evacuate them out of the country

- Following a court order, police officers used stun grenades and other measures to intervene, but about 100 foreign nationals were arrested as well

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Based on recent events, it seems that many foreign nationals are now caught between a rock and a hard place.

Following the rise in xenophobic attacks, a group of foreign nationals have held a peaceful protest at the offices of the UN High Commission for Refugees in Cape Town.

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Fearing for their safety, the group have been urging the South African government to intervene and evacuate them out of the country.

Their calls have fallen on deaf ears and the owner of the premises at St George's Mall applied for an eviction order recently.

News 24 reported that the court order was granted, which prompted SAPS to order the group to vacate the area.

Unfortunately, the majority of protesters failed to heed the call and stun grenades and water cannons were used to disperse them.

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The unsavoury incident was caught on camera and it was clear that many families would be affected.

Briefly.co.za understands that approximately 100 refugees were arrested by police officers, while many others were left bleeding.

A police statement read: "With a court order in place, the SAPS is obligated to support its execution by the sheriff. Law enforcement officials from the City of Cape Town and the police's Public Order Police are henceforth on site."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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