Protesters arrested in Cape Town

2014-02-27 21:03
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Cape Town - Twelve people were arrested for participating in an illegal service delivery march in central Cape Town on Thursday, Western Cape police said.

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said about 1 000 members of the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement gathered in the central business district around 08:30 to march to the provincial legislature.

He said police used stun grenades and a water cannon to disperse the crowd.

Van Wyk said no one was injured and no property was damaged. 

Various shops in the area closed their doors or pulled shutters down to cover their windows.

Some stall owners were absent from their usual place of business.

Van Wyk said police managed to "tactically force" the protesters to move to the Cape Town train station, where they boarded trains to their homes.

Police would remain in the central business district and surrounding areas.

"The situation is calm and under control at this stage."

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