South Africa: Children Yanked From Mothers' Arms in Cape Town As Police Break Up Migrant Sit-in

Hundreds of foreign nationals have been evicted from a Cape Town arcade where they were holding a sit-in outside UN offices. The protesters, whose sit-in began on October 8, wanted to be evacuated from South Africa following incidents of xenophobia and because they felt targeted as foreigners. In a series of pictures by GroundUp's Ashraf Hendricks, a woman, in tears, said that she was separated from her seven-month-old baby during the eviction.

Chaos enveloped St George's Mall in Cape Town after police were called in to evict around 300 refugees and asylum seekers who had camped outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) building on Wednesday morning. About 100 people were arrested.

St George's Mall Waldorf arcade was filled with screams and crying as police began to move through the building, dragging people across the floor and yanking children from their mothers' arms.

For the past month, the group of asylum seekers and refugees have been occupying the UNHCR offices inside the arcade. But an eviction order was issued and on Wednesday, a group of around 100 officials from the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other law enforcement officers arrived at the building and began forcibly removing people.

Daily Maverick arrived at the scene just after 11am as police fired three stun grenades outside the arcade, where the occupation had been taking place. Groups of armed police officers began entering the building and removing certain people. It was unclear how police were distinguishing who would be arrested and who was allowed to leave the premises. Cape Town Law Enforcement officers break up a protest by foreign nationals in Cape...

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