WATCH | ‘You have been warned, disperse!’ – Cape City police get powerful on tourism protesters

  • Police used stun grenades in opposition to protesting tourism and hospitality employees outdoors Parliament on Friday.
  • The workers at Fact Espresso cafe have been hit with water cannons.
  • Cape City Mayor Dan Plato says he’s “appalled” by the footage.

Cape City mayor Dan Plato has expressed outrage at police motion in opposition to tourism trade protesters who have been blasted by a water cannon throughout a peaceable protest on Friday.

A robust contingent of South African Police Service (SAPS) workers fired a water cannon to disperse a number of dozen tourism trade members within the metropolis centre – holding aloft placards in protest on the lockdown laws which is retaining a lot of the tourism trade closed for enterprise. 

After the protest at Parliament was dispersed, protesters lined up in Roeland Avenue – however the water cannon truck and police troops quickly arrived to deal with them once more.

“No gatherings of any form are allowed beneath catastrophe administration act stage three laws,” boomed an instructing police officer from a loudhailer.

“We’ve got warned you beforehand. Bear in mind this time you’ll face police arrest, as a result of you aren’t adhering to the directions of a police officer to disperse.”

In Buitengracht Avenue, not removed from Parliament, police fired the water cannon at patrons of the Fact Espresso cafe – sending outside furnishings flying. 

Protesters holding placards aloft saved forward of police – attempting to remain out of the water cannon’s forceful attain. However many have been hit and drenched – together with journalists with digital camera tools.

‘Unacceptable’

Based on GroundUp, at the least 4 protesters have been arrested.

Plato stated in response to the scenes: “I’m appalled at video footage exhibiting the aggressive conduct of the South African Police Service (SAPS) right this moment as they used heavy handed ways in opposition to peaceable hospitality trade protesters outdoors Parliament this morning.  

“It’s unacceptable {that a} peaceable protest by enterprise house owners and workers fearing for the lack of their livelihoods, is met with water cannons and stun grenades. Reported claims from the SAPS members on the scene that ‘protests usually are not allowed beneath lockdown’ doesn’t maintain water as a number of protests have been allowed outdoors Parliament throughout lockdown with out using such intimidation ways.

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“The hospitality and tourism sectors are very important to Cape City’s economic system, however due to the nationwide authorities laws, they’re dealing with full monetary break. A whole bunch of hundreds of jobs are in jeopardy, placing additional pressure on authorities assets, and limiting efforts to develop our economic system,” Plato stated.

“I name on President Cyril Ramaphosa to offer pressing consideration to the reputable issues of our hospitality and tourism sectors. Varied wise proposals have been made by the consultant our bodies for these industries, and nationwide authorities can now not ignore their plight.”

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Protesters took to Cape City streets to boost consciousness for the plight of the hospitality trade. (Murray Williams, Information24)

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Protesters took to Cape City streets to boost consciousness for the plight of the hospitality trade. (Murray Williams, Information24)

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Protesters took to Cape City streets to boost consciousness for the plight of the hospitality trade. (Murray Williams, Information24)

‘If you wish to arrest anybody, arrest me’

On the risky scene, DA chief whip in Parliament, Natasha Mazzone, stated she would settle for the protesters’ petition – as this had not been accepted at Parliament. 

“We have to save these individuals’s lives – they don’t seem to be hurting anybody, they don’t seem to be being a hazard to anybody. Cease bombing them with water. Cease it!”

Interviewed by Information24, she stated: “I consider this group of peaceable protesters has a petition they wish to hand to Parliament. They have been chased away from the Parliamentary entrance with water cannons. I’m right here to fetch their petition … and I’ll hand it in to Parliament – and I ask the police to point out some mercy on people who find themselves protesting peacefully. There is no such thing as a want for violence,” Mazzone stated.

“If you wish to arrest anybody, arrest me! I’m right here peacefully protesting with these individuals.”

Earlier than the water cannon was fired, police personnel warned the small crowd with a loud-hailer that they have been ordered to disperse, because the gathering was unlawful.

‘Social distancing’

A spokesperson for the #ServeUsPlease protest, Ashleigh Perremore on Friday stated that contributors adhered to all measures to make sure security protocols have been adopted.

“The #ServeUsPlease motion contributors adhered to all measures to make sure security protocols have been adopted; everybody wore face masks, and maintained social distancing by using 1.5m ribbons between every person who indicated that distances have been being saved. As well as, all teams have been saved to a minimal dimension of 15 individuals.”

She did nonetheless say the protest had not been given the inexperienced gentle, nor was it denied, after sending discover to metropolis officers.

“The #ServeUsPlease motion notified each the Workplace of the President in addition to the mandatory metropolis officers, nonetheless, we acquired no notification that the peaceable protest was not allowed.

“Within the absence of a request refusal, we took this omission of refusal to imply that each the Workplace of the President in addition to the Metropolis of Cape City would permit a peaceable protest to occur.”

Perremore claimed the police’s use of stun grenades and water cannons was what precipitated the social distancing measures to break down.

“At this level the #ServeUsPlease motion indicated to all contributors that they need to disperse.”

They’d proceed to protest peacefully, she added.

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