Twenty in court for protest violence

Orkney - Twenty of the 35 people arrested during violent protests in Kanana near Orkney appeared in the Orkney Magistrate's Court on Friday, North West police said.

Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said the matter was postponed to April 4, when they were expected to apply for bail.

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“They are still in custody,” Mokgwabone said in a statement.

The group was arrested during protests in the area on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Protesters partially burnt the local municipality offices and pelted windows with stones,” said Mokgwabone.

They barricaded roads with burning tyres and looted several shops belonging to foreigners. A shop and a bottle store were burnt down.

“Protesters damaged two police vehicles by breaking their windscreens,” said Mokgwabone.

The protesters stormed into schools and forced pupils to join their strike action. Mokgwabone said police were monitoring the situation on Friday and no violence had been reported by 3pm.