57 arrested for Woolies protest

2014-10-25 16:52

A total of 57 people who protested in a Woolworths store in Killarney Mall have been arrested.

The group was charged with public disturbance, Johannesburg police Constable Thabo Malatji said today.

“They went to Woolies and started disturbing customers inside the shop,” said Malatji.

The protests are linked to continued calls to boycott Woolworths as it continues to trade with Israel following the deadly war in Gaza.

Tasneem Essop from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, who organised the protest, said some of those arrested were minors.

“It is completely ridiculous and it goes against the values we wish to uphold,” she said.

She said the protest was completely peaceful and demonstrators simply walked into the shop and lay on the ground with their placards.

Essop explained that the activists were not arrested inside Woolworths but were already outside the mall doors when they were approached by police.

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