[VIDEO] Police clash with refugees outside UN offices in Cape Town
Police and law enforcement in the City of Cape Town are dispersing foreigners from the UN offices in the CBD.
The foreign nationals have been camped out at the UN refugee agency offices demanding help to leave South Africa.
Refugees from Somalia, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Pakistan want the agency to urgently repatriate them.
Social activist Zackie Achmat says scores of heavily armed police blocked off Green Market Square in the CBD.
It appears authorities have arrested dozens of refugees and asylum-seekers who have been engaged in non-violent protest action.
Police and law enforcement officers carried some people away, loading them into armoured vehicles.
Achmat says officers had initially warned the protesting group to leave before moving in with force.
[WATCH] It's chaos outside the UNHCR offices in Cape Town where #Refugees&migrant labourers have been camping outside for weeks. Public Order Police have moved in to clear the street. @etvNewsSA pic.twitter.com/mkaS54Tuhv— Natalie Malgas (@nataliemalgas) October 30, 2019
Current situation at the refugee “sit-in” protest at the Cape Town UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)— SA Breaking News (@SABreakingNews) October 30, 2019
Police have been called in to evict hundreds of refugees from the area pic.twitter.com/cwmP67Cjjn
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