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[VIDEOS] Surfers arrested at Muizenberg beach for #BackInTheWater protest

5 May 2020 11:41 AM
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Protest
Surfers
Muizenberg beach
#BackInTheWater
ocean sports
Surfer's Corner

A handful of protesters were arrested at Surfer's Corner in Muizenberg, after staging a peaceful demonstration about their right to ocean sports.

Surfers and sea lovers gathered at the sandy walkway at Surfer's Corner, demanding that the government lets them back in the water.

RELATED: Beach protest sending out 'privileged message', says surf reporter

This is one of the local beaches where protesters planned to stage the nationwide #BackInTheWater protest.

RELATED: Surfers plan beach protest demanding that SA govt lets them back in the ocean

Several protesters were arrested after police warned that they had to keep moving during the exercise period.

Those who did not move were arrested, reports News24 journalist Murray Williams, who was on the scene.

They were arrested for standing still.

Murray Williams, journalist at News24

Initially, the police seemed to be okay with the protest, but then things changed.

Murray Williams, journalist at News24

According to Williams, one protester fled the scene on his bicycle and a police chase ensued. "He decided to cycle off despite the police insisting that he was under arrest", he told CapeTalk.

A number of protesters also staged a demonstration at Blouberg Beach in Table View this morning.

Surfer Andrew Ma says the government has not given any compelling reason why ocean sports cannot resume under level 4.

What would the reason be? What's wrong with walking on the beach? What is the government's reason? That's what people are trying to highlight.

Andrew Ma, surfer

Surfer Alan van Gysen says gathering in one place to stage the protest was not the most sensible idea, although he supports the movement.

Listen to Murray Williams on The Midday Report:

Listen to the discussion on Today with Kieno Kammies:


5 May 2020 11:41 AM
Tags:
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Muizenberg beach
#BackInTheWater
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