Durban cops use water cannon, teargas on anti-xenophobia marchers

2015-04-08 10:24

WATCH: Durban riot police use water cannon on protesting foreign nationals

2015-04-08 10:33

Riot police used a water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades to force back foreign nationals who defied an order not to march in Durban on Wednesday. WATCH

Durban - Police used water cannon and teargas to disperse about 300 foreign nationals gathered at Curries Fountain in central Durban on Wednesday morning.

The group was gathered to march against recent xenophobic attacks. They were initially due to march before Easter, before police postponed it.

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

EThekwini metro police spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Msomi said the group had applied for permission to march on Wednesday, and it had been granted.

After they had gathered on Wednesday morning, police cancelled the march, citing an imminent threat to the group.

The irate marchers gathered in the street, however their path was blocked by about 30 riot police who opened their water cannons and used teargas as the group progressed towards them.

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

The situation is tense and police have given the marchers an order to disperse.  

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