Rubber bullets fired in protest

2011-11-24 11:01

Police fired rubber bullets at residents protesting against evictions at the Pharoe Park complex in Germiston today, police said.

Captain Puleng Tshabalala said police reacted when protesters threw stones and petrol bombs at them.

Residents had blockaded the complex with burning tyres.

“The Red Ants [a security outfit tasked with effecting evictions] were evicting residents from 18 flats who had failed to pay their rent for more than a year,” she said.

Tshabalala said two protesters suffered minor injuries and seven people were arrested for public violence.

Police were keeping watch.

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