Wa­ter can­nons used to help dis­perse refugees

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Po­lice in the South African city of Cape Town have used wa­ter can­nons while dis­pers­ing and ar­rest­ing hun­dreds of for­eign­ers who have camped for weeks out­side the UN refugee agency’s of­fice.

Some of the refugees and asy­lum seek­ers told lo­cal me­dia they are seek­ing to be re­lo­cated out­side the coun­try af­ter a wave of deadly at­tacks on for­eign­ers in South African cities ear­lier this year.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s con­fronta­tion, there were scuf­fles with of­fi­cers and small chil­dren clung to peo­ple be­ing dragged away by po­lice.

Po­lice said they had ar­rested about 100 peo­ple who “failed to heed the call to dis­perse”.

They said ear­lier ef­forts by the UN refugee agency and oth­ers to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion am­i­ca­bly “yielded no pos­i­tive re­sult”.

Po­lice said of­fi­cers were ex­e­cut­ing an Oc­to­ber 18 court or­der af­ter a land­lord ap­plied to evict the 300 or

A woman protests with her baby out­side the UN refugee agency’s of­fices in Cape Town city cen­tre

so peo­ple who had been camp­ing in the city cen­tre ar­cade in a protest.

Last week, the UN refugee agency is­sued a state­ment say­ing “false mes­sages” were be­ing cir­cu­lated about re­set­tle­ment and evac­u­a­tion.

It added that only a very small num­ber of refugees meet the cri­te­ria for re­set­tle­ment and that no

planes or buses were on the way to help in evac­u­a­tions.

It also warned of fraud­u­lent re­quests for fees for re­set­tle­ment and re­peated its ser­vices are free.

Ear­lier this year, more than 12 peo­ple were killed and more than 700 ar­rested af­ter bands of South Africans in Johannesbu­rg and the cap­i­tal Pre­to­ria launched at­tacks against for­eign-owned shops and stalls, loot­ing and burn­ing them and at­tack­ing some shop­keep­ers.

The at­tacks an­gered many African coun­tries and led to an air­lift of hun­dreds of Nige­ri­ans.

Small chil­dren clung­topeo­ple be­ing dragged away by po­lice

Up Helly Aa is the an­nual win­ter fes­ti­val of Shet­land, which cel­e­brates the length­en­ing of the days and the com­ing of an­other year, not to men­tion the chance of a good old knees-up. It’s run by Shet­landers for Shet­landers, but that’s not to say vis­i­tors a

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