Monday, November 30, 2009

More arrests in De Doorns condemned

By Nomava Nobumba
30 November 2009

PASSOP condemns the arrest of more than 20 asylum seekers at the weekend in De Doorns.

Organisation’s Braam Hanekom who was also arrested says these are the xenophobic, politically motivated, and unlawful arrests.

He views them as an attempt to silence, intimidate and disempower PASSOP and the displaced community.

Hanekom says the charges under which the Zimbabweans were arrested were trumped up and the minor charge against him was baseless.

He says the arrests came after organisation had a meeting and were about to address the community.

“Police came and force me to live the premises, following my forceful removal a protest erupted,” said Hanekom.

He went on saying its not surprising that there is xenophobic violence outbreak in the area when the police and the local politicians behaving in bad manner.

“Definitely we will take them to court for unlawful arrests against us,” he added.

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