AbM: All Charges Dropped Against the Pemary Ridge 13

16 11 2009

16 November 2009

Abahlali baseMjondolo was unable to secure a lawyer to represent the Pemary Ridge 13 in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court this morning. They were represented by Shamita Naidoo, Chairperson of the Motala Heights Abahlali baseMjondolo branch. She made a vigorous argument against police brutality against shack dwellers in general, and the Pemary Ridge settlement in particular, and showed how the police claim to be victims of the people they brutally and unlawfully assaulted to be entirely ludicrious.

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AbM: Notes on the Police Attack on the Pemary Ridge Settlement

14 11 2009

14 November 2009

The Sydenham police arrived at Pemary Ridge at around 8pm on Friday night in one private car.Three police officers first went to a woman’s tuck shop. They found that the shop was closed, and proceeded to kick down the front door. The woman, hearing the police and fearing they would damage her shop, entered through the back door. When she entered, they arrested her for having bottles of beer in her shop.
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Pemary Ridge Under Police Attack Now; Shooting Continues

13 11 2009

Abahlalibase Pemary Ridge
13 November

At 8pm this evening, a Sydenham police car arrived at the Pemary Ridge settlement in Reservoir Hills.  The armed officers went to a home, and kicked down the door.  At the time, a man was walking by, and the police assaulted him – they struck him, and swore at him.  His sister who saw the attack screamed in terror.  When members of the community gathered around to see what was happening, the police opened fire, and started shooting people at random.  Some residents ran to the river to hide.  They reassembled at the top of the road, and began burning tires.  More police arrived and opened fire several times.  The police are continuing to shoot at random now.  They are kicking down the doors of residents’ homes.  All press are urged to rush to the scene.

The whole of this, and last month, is just reports of the police shooting.  2010 has arrived, and by by the time the tournament comes, the stadium will be full bullets.

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Photos of Mandela Park midnight protest (11 Nov 2009)

12 11 2009

Some photos of yesterday’s protest in Mandela Park.  Police banned the protest during the day.  Protesters reassembled at about 8pm and toyi-toyi’ed until 11pm

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