Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Chaos erupts as protesters vent their anger

Bloody violence erupted in Mabopane, outside Pretoria, on Monday with running street battles between township residents and the police as thousands of people took to the streets to vent their anger about poor services, and housing delivery.

The street battles, which left 27 people, including 10 children, injured, saw stone-throwing protesters hurling petrol bombs and barricading streets with burning tyres as authorities fought back, firing teargas and rubber bullets at rioters. The protests saw hundreds of policemen flooding the area in an attempt to stem the violence. Photo: Etienne Creux, The Mercury

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