S African police clash with striking workers at parliament | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

S African police clash with striking workers at parliament

South’s Africa’s riot police have fired stun and smoke grenades to disperse scores of striking workers holding a rally at the parliament to demand higher pay.

On Wednesday, a large number of policemen moved in on some 200 striking workers on the steps of parliament, firing stun grenades and ordering them to leave the grounds.

The police also used their shields to drive workers from the steps of the national assembly in the capital city of Cape Town.

Sources say the stand-off continued for several hours.

The angry workers chanted slogans and resisted evacuation from the parliament complex.

"We work here, we can't be removed. The police must go," the protesting workers shouted.

"We are all demanding a living wage, that's why we are here," said one protester who was briefly held by security forces at the site.

The raid came after angry workers, including secretarial and catering staff, stormed committee rooms and forced lawmakers to abandon meetings. Workers have declared that no committee would sit until their demands were met.

Reacting to the developments, lawmakers from various political factions have agreed that it was unacceptable for work to be disrupted and they needed to make sure the invasion did not happen again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome, South African workers, to the world of being allegedly represented in your Parliament, but finding it is the interests of the big mine owners represented instead.

Welcome to the world of being irrelevant, invisible, and forgotten, except at election time, when you are supposed to vote in the same people who have so disenfranchised you for so damned long.

And a small memo to the ANC: when you took control of the government of this country, you made a lot of promises to the South African people, and they believed you.

Unless you start to deliver, your days may well be numbered in South African politics.

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