Hout Bay protest seen from the air. Picture: Supplied/City of Cape Town

Cape Town - A protest over the allocation of fishing quotas turned violent in Hout Bay on Tuesday.

Residents blocked roads with burning debris and pelted law enforcement officials and police members with missiles.

Hout Bay protest seen from the air. Picture: Supplied/City of Cape Town

"Numerous Metro Police, TRU (Tactical Response Unit) and Law Enforcement staff deployed to assist SAPS in Hout Bay," Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services JP Smith said. 

Protesters burnt tyres and debris, blocking off roads. Picture: Supplied/City of Cape Town

"Two City staff were injured by attacks. One officer hospitalised - injury is not serious fortunately. He has been booked off. 

Protesters burnt tyres and debris, blocking off roads. Picture: Supplied/City of Cape Town

"Rioters firing signal flares at police and SAPS helicopter and they managed to create fire on one of SAPS Nyalas - extent of damage unclear. 

Protesters burnt tyres and debris, blocking off roads. Picture: Supplied/City of Cape Town

"City enforcement staff will remain on site until late tonight and will extend presence if necessary. 

City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services JP Smith

"The City understands that protestors may have serious complaints relating to fishing quotas but the legitimacy of their cause is completely undermined by the violence they engaged in and the damage to private and public infrastructure which must be condemned in the most explicit terms," Smith said. 

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