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South African Authorities Detain 100 Individuals in protest against xenophobia

Last updated on October 30, 2019

Approximately 100 people were detained on Wednesday as part of the operation to distribute a group of refugees and asylum seekers that had staged a protracted sit-in close to the United Nations refugee agency in Cape Town, South African authorities said.

Local press showed footage of police firing water cannon into the crowd of protesters, a few of whom were distressed or had little children strapped to their backs, and removing personal things such as garments, sleeping bags and cooking gear from the road.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) said in a statement that they moved into evicting around 300 individuals from the region by a court order.

“Approximately one hundred people are detained after they failed to heed the call to distribute,” the announcement said, adding that the UNHCR had attempted to solve the impasse without achievement.

The refugees would like to be repatriated to their home states or moved elsewhere following a spate of fatal riots and strikes in September, which killed at least 10 people and left most foreigners frightened to reside in the nation.

The violence was aimed at African American inhabitants, sparked reprisal strikes, and overshadowed a pan-African financial seminar in Cape Town and drove a wedge between South Africa and other countries on the continent, such as another significant market, Nigeria.

Countless people have been detained during the violence, that has flared up occasionally in South Africa.