Saturday, September 19, 2020

Protestors shut down Ramatlabama border post

Police arrested dozens of protestors after they barricaded and forced the Ramatlabama border post to be closed down.

About 41 protestors were arrested and detained in police cells yesterday at Ramatlabama post and are expected to appear before Lobatse magistrate court tomorrow.

Today the protestors are being interrogated by the police investigators.

Speaking to Sunday Standard, the Officer Commanding in Lobatse, Senior Superintendent Oreneetse Mogapaesi said, “We arrested about 41 people yesterday. They had locked up the Ramatlabama border post gate, forcing the border to be closed temporally.”

She explained that “we received information that a group of people, mainly those involved in the ongoing industrial strike from Good Hope, Rakhuna and Pitsane villagers were planning to cause public disturbances by closing down the border as way of protest”.

She said the striking workers came in large numbers and barricaded the border with huge stones and dustbins after locking up the departure gate.

Mogapaesi said the police personnel were called in to calm the situation but the group started throwing stones at the police.

“A warning shot was fired in the air and the group was then despaired,” she said, adding that no property was damaged.

Today, the situation is calm and police have deployed to monitor the situation.

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