Emergency Press Update from Abahlali basePemary Ridge
14 November 2009
Police Attack on Pemary Ridge – 13 arrested, at least 15 injured
The attack on Abahlali baseMjondolo continues.
The first van from the Sydenham Police Station arrived at the Pemary Ridge settlement at 8:00 p.m last night. The police officers went to a woman’s tuck shop and kicked down the door saying that they were looking for alcohol. 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 at people at random with live ammunition