Stun grenades and water cannons had been used to disperse protesters marching to boost consciousness in regards to the plight of the hospitality business outdoors Parliament on Friday.
Folks from numerous hospitality or restaurant institutions marched in Roeland and Plein Streets on Friday to boost consciousness in regards to the business’s declining revenues amid the Covid-19 lockdown.
Some held indicators with the phrases “#JobsSaveLives” and “#ServeUsPlease” on them.
A photographer overlaying the occasion, Shavan Rahim, informed Information24 that the group in all probability grew to round 200 folks earlier than they had been dispersed by public order police.
Rahim stated the occasion was very peaceable, however that law enforcement officials he had spoken to, whereas they admitted they did not take pleasure in utilizing stun grenades, stated they had been beneath strict instruction to disperse the group.
“It was very peaceable. All people had masks on. It was all peaceable,” stated Rahim.
GroundUp photographer Ashraf Hendricks captured on video the second that water cannons and stun grenades had been used.
Eating places Affiliation of South Africa (RASA) CEO Wendy Alberts informed Information24 that the march was not organised by the affiliation.
They held a separate occasion in Johannesburg on Wednesday, the place a memorandum of the sector’s pleas was handed over to Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. She didn’t know the circumstances of the occasion, why the group was dispersed or whether or not it was deemed a gathering.
Information24 reporter Murray Williams is on the scene.
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