Refugees to appear in court on trespassing charges after police clash

Refugees to appear in court on trespassing charges after police clash

- Refugees caused a lot of trouble when they were on the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Pretoria premises earlier this week

- They were told to vacate the premises but refused and got into a clash with local police

- More than 500 refugees were removed and over 180 of them will appear in court on charges of trespassing

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Earlier this week, Yusuf Abramjee revealed in a post that refugees broke down a fence on Thursday morning to gain access to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) premises after the High Court ordered them to leave the area.

Police arrived on the scene and The Citizen reported a case of trespassing was opened against the refugees.

On Monday, 18 November, 183 - 182 men and 1 woman - of these refugees will be appearing court on charges of trespassing.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that more than 500 refugees had to be removed from the UN agency's premises in Brooklyn on Friday, 15 November, after being camped outside the offices since October.

The group was demanding to be moved to other countries amid fears of xenophobic attacks and according to TimesLIVE, they climbed over the gates of the premises after being ordered by a court to leave.

Furthermore, police revealed that 24 officers have been injured in the clash, 6 of whom had to be rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

The crowd of refugees apparently hurled objects such as rocks and buckets at the police.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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