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Police clash with Obama protesters

2013-06-29 15:13

Johannesburg - Riot police clashed with protesters in Soweto on Saturday shortly before a visit by US President Barack Obama, a Reuters photographer said.

Armed police fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd of several hundred protesters, who had gathered outside the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg, where Obama was due to address a town hall meeting with students.

AFP reported that at least three bangs were heard as police tried to move the demonstrators away from a university campus.

Police spokesperson Sally de Beer told Sapa that about 120 protestors gathered about 400m from the gates to the campus.

The group were allowed permission to protest, but only until 14:00.

"When their time lapsed at 14:00, they refused to comply with a request to disperse as they were required to... the police fired one stun grenade and they then dispersed," de Beer said.

No arrests were made.

De Beer said: "We totally respect everyone's right to demonstrate peacefully, but if they are required in terms of their permission to protest, they must stick to the requirements."

Comments
  • Jerry Springer - 2013-06-29 15:23

    Very very disturbing.

  • Downs Shareholder - 2013-06-29 15:24

    Stupid Idiots!

      Fezile Ntontela - 2013-06-29 16:10

      Obama son of the soil we welcome you

  • Albert Martin - 2013-06-29 15:26

    Eish idiots....

      Vala Mountain - 2013-06-29 15:31

      Stupid mongrels,they are protesting a wrong person,NXA!!!

  • HelloParys FS - 2013-06-29 15:28

    And yet again some idiots puts our country in a bad light

      Jezuz Onlin - 2013-06-29 15:31

      bad light? light! you need it.. obama too, mandela too, zuma too .. babylon = bad light

      mapepaki - 2013-06-29 16:35

      Jezuz onlin maybe, just maybe, one day you will see the light

  • Toofaan Monsoon - 2013-06-29 15:30

    Ok. I understand that some people are angry at the USA. But what good can these actions bring ? Only bad can come from it. Leave Obama to do his job. What has he personally done to hurt you? Don't hide behind our protection of civil liberties. Try protesting against the Chinese or Mugabe. Let's see what the response will be. The USA is not perfect, but is still a hell of a lot better than the alternative.

  • Cuthbert Murwisi - 2013-06-29 15:32

    Welcome to SA Obama family. This is a land where you find stupid people who want to get everything for free without breaking a sweat by going to work but rather spend time demonstrating demanding charity from the gvt.

      Jezuz Onlin - 2013-06-29 15:37

      looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

      Anti-PC - 2013-06-29 15:40

      You are 100% correct Cuthbert. And the strange thing of all, that is what Obama supports in USA. Paying people to stay at home and outsourcing the American people's jobs to to East.

      nu_un_clear - 2013-06-29 16:25

      Jezys and anti, it's clear that none of you has ever been to the states.........there's no other term for the two of you but, IDIOTS!

      Johan Holtzhausen - 2013-06-29 17:29

      Nu un clear: that egg is frying on your face.

      Pam Oberholzer - 2013-06-29 17:36

      Cuthbert I Ditto ur whole comment they only know how to be lazy Steal and use Demonstrating to Improve there laziness.Don't know half the time what they're demonstrating about.I want to go out there and!Saki Saki also.not Chanting!Ha!at least the world gets a good laugh out of (I think)the dumbess?spelling in the world

      Anti-PC - 2013-06-29 23:30

      I do not know why my comment was removed, but I will just add it again: Nu Un Clear: I live in the states........and you???

      nu_un_clear - 2013-06-30 08:36

      Anti, you're just another republican that cant come to terms with what Obama has done for you, you clearly approves of the actions of Bush. If you start delivering realistic pricing and stop the shoddy workmanship then outsourcing would become a thing of the past for Americans. I am in America at the moment, but none the less, here's your noddy badge :-/ Maybe if you work a little harder, you won't be such a spoiled little brat.

  • Xolani Ndimba - 2013-06-29 15:37

    Well, order has to be mantained. S.A. has no quarrel with Pres Obama and the US. It is an honour to have you Pres Obama on our shores.

  • Laurence Weyers - 2013-06-29 15:41

    protestors want free land and want to be given money but not work for it and want to sit under a tree drinking beer and smoke dagga. thex are as pathetic as the government

      Lebo Pruddy Ledwaba - 2013-06-29 17:16

      So true...all these protesters are a bunch of f**ls expecting pity through violence.

  • Vala Mountain - 2013-06-29 15:47

    To those protesting idiots I say,FOetsek madoda..foetsek!!!

      Shireen Abbas Davids - 2013-06-29 16:37

      Lmfao !!! U just made my day ! HahAhaaaaa

  • Muke Matshaba - 2013-06-29 15:52

    Maybe this Idiots are employed by this muslims

  • Derek Wright - 2013-06-29 15:54

    And ask Obama to cancel aid for hiv /aids sufferers, other aid programs and all trade, Idiots!

  • Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-06-29 15:59

    This is a shame SA. This is uncalled for. Those thugs do not represent the position of SA. They should be ashamed wherever they are. This is a group of publicity seekers hell bent in destroying the image of SA. Obama and his Family, are welcome to grace the shores of this land.

  • Alan Kennedy - 2013-06-29 16:03

    I remember Obama saying years ago that America is ready to extend a hand to Africa, just that it's hard to grab a clenched fist ... Personally I'd rather go with the imperialists who have a nominally free press or don't require my sisters to stay at home in black sacks ...

  • Stanley Kuvaoga - 2013-06-29 16:05

    the biggest illuminati

  • Midnite Man - 2013-06-29 16:07

    moer them !

  • Abe Sunday - 2013-06-29 16:26

    They are foolinp who?why we know that they are protesting for osama,so those killed in a world trade center bomb are they chicken? stil religion of peace.

  • Kusile Ndobe - 2013-06-29 16:39

    They have a right to protest guys, if they have an issue with him then its their right to protest please. If you don't have a problem with Obama then ok.

  • Poloko Pique Mphatsoe - 2013-06-29 16:40

    CAPE TOWN .GAUNTENG.ALLWAY LEADING HEADLINES FOR WRONG THINGS.MXM.THEY MUST PROTEST FOR SERVICE DELIVERY.NO OBAMA.THERE IS LOT OF IDIOT ON COUNTRY LOL

  • Poloko Pique Mphatsoe - 2013-06-29 16:41

    CAPE TOWN .GAUNTENG.ALLWAY LEADING HEADLINES FOR WRONG THINGS.MXM.THEY MUST PROTEST FOR SERVICE DELIVERY.NO OBAMA.THERE IS LOT OF IDIOT ON COUNTRY LOL

  • Poloko Pique Mphatsoe - 2013-06-29 16:42

    CAPE TOWN .GAUNTENG.ALLWAY LEADING HEADLINES FOR WRONG THINGS.MXM.THEY MUST PROTEST FOR SERVICE DELIVERY.NO OBAMA.THERE IS LOT OF IDIOT ON COUNTRY LOL

  • Wayne Mckenzie - 2013-06-29 16:55

    Has there been 74 000 white farmers murdereder in the USA ?? I wonder what he would do in his country ?? Oh BUT WAIT , the do have LAW AND ORDER , and the death sentence !!!

      Kusile Ndobe - 2013-06-29 17:26

      Does Canada have death sentence? There is less crime and violence there than in the states.

      Louise Cook - 2013-06-29 19:41

      Farm murders? What's that got to do with it?

  • Conrad Fra - 2013-06-29 17:29

    Bunch of brain dead future leaders!! DISGUSTING!!

  • Tlokotsi Joseph Kuali - 2013-06-29 17:32

    Suprise suprise this country is surrounded by Anglo mines Anglo firms to name the few this are Americans why can't they chase them away or protest against them I'm confused, I least few again McDonald Kenturkey this are American restaurants why can't they chase them away, and their boss is here they chase him away but they don't touch his things I'm still confused, we can use what you bring in this country but we don't need you mybe is their slogen

      Kusile Ndobe - 2013-06-29 17:37

      Then again if they chase the KFC's away they are labelled as terrorists

      Tersia Louw - 2013-06-29 18:24

      What would ANC parliamentarians do without KFC?

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2013-06-29 18:06

    Clowns/morons. Some people will never grow. Stupid Idiots.

  • Dwini Darius Chimedzah - 2013-06-29 18:37

    Hahaha how barbaric. Then u see Cosatu which has failed the mining industry on the forefront of nonsense while forgetting real concerns of workers. Also to those protesting please have it in mind we are not all Moslems.

  • Mbali Lihle Mbatha Ngcobo - 2013-06-29 21:10

    Clueless commentators, News24 you can help them by posting a story about their protesting. Reason are being said here are dooooooom

  • Mohamed Khan - 2013-06-29 23:24

    Ntai.victor go eat ur streetwise 2 kfc. Lol

  • Thulani Mphahlwa - 2013-06-30 04:31

    Greetings Fellow Capetonians: Today President Barack Obama is in town ... Capetonians ... Pls hold off your buckets. Protest responsible life is short

  • Will Oosthuizen - 2013-06-30 08:28

    If they want to protest, send them to Cairo to join the Muslim Brotherhood and live amidst that chaos, or any Arab country (Syria, Iran, Yemen, Iraq, etc) for that matter. They are not going to deter the USA from ridding us of Muslim fundamentalists!

  • Stanley Condor Kgadis - 2013-06-30 10:50

    Ppl mayb im lost in the world democracy, cn sum1 highlight me y is ppl toy toying the visit of US president Obama barrack to our country? Anyone highlight me

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-06-30 11:09

      Idiotic communists and Islamists will protest anything.

  • Tyrone Marcus - 2013-06-30 12:33

    Just protest for anything and everything. When the bulk of this nation decides to get off its fat lazy ass and better themselves maybe this will stop, until then everyone wants a hand out from someone else and when it doesn't go their way they throw their toys out the cot. Properly childish.

  • Jeremy Moyle - 2013-06-30 13:37

    "Armed police fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd of several hundred protesters" - why include the "armed" every single operational SAPS member is always armed

  • Ebony Love - 2013-06-30 13:58

    Since when does idiots stick to commitments???????????

  • The reporter - 2013-06-30 14:17

    End of the day the pekkies in this country only know one thing and that is to dance. Lol wen they angry they dance. When they happy they dance. Lol the outside world is confused. Make up urls mind. Go to a university and cut of that long hair extensions. Maybe the head will then allow sense to go to the brain then

  • Justice Siliki van Justice - 2013-06-30 17:37

    People doing stupid things just to appear on tv,bloody corrupt attention seeking lazy agents.While you were protesting your leaders later dinned with Obama.What a waste sies.People go out waste time instead of mobilizing each other raise funds and build proper schools in eastern cape.Some blacks are fools.

  • Justice Siliki van Justice - 2013-06-30 17:54

    People doing stupid things just to appear on tv,bloody corrupt attention seeking lazy agents.While you were protesting your leaders later dinned with Obama.What a waste sies.People go out waste time instead of mobilizing each other raise funds and build proper schools in eastern cape.Some blacks are fools.

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