Police remove refugees from Cape Town church

Police remove refugees from Cape Town church

Police in South Africa have removed hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers outside a church in Cape Town at the weekend.

The refugees had been camping at the Central Methodist Mission Church for four months.

In January Cape Town Council won a court case allowing it to evict them after business people who own souvenir shops near the church complained that the area was filthy.

Refugees protested against the court decision saying they had nowhere else to move to.

But on Sunday they were forcefully removed, as some videos show:

The group of refugees and asylum seekers ended up at the church after they were evicted from outside the offices of the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR).

They had been staging a sit-in protest outside the UNHCR offices in October, demanding to be flown to other countries after a bout of attacks against foreigners.

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