Stun grenades fired, stampede outside Parliament

2016-10-26 15:15
(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - Police fired stun grenades to disperse protesters outside Parliament while Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was delivering his mini-budget on Wednesday afternoon.

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A mock coffin was set alight and thrown from the protesters' side over the heads of police officers.

Police rushed to extinguish it before firing at least 10 stun grenades.

Protesting students had just finished singing the national anthem when the stun grenades were fired.

This set off a stampede. People screamed and scattered and stones were flung.

Police used a water cannon at the Plein Street entrance to Parliament.

Students came back singing "Siyaya" (we are going there), while others fell in the road in the panic.

Read more on:    cape town  |  parliament 2016  |  mini budget  |  university fees  |  university protests
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