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Woolworths management overreacted - activists

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa says its protests are peaceful.

FILE: The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa says its protests are peaceful. Picture: Via @azharvadi on Twitter. "

CAPE TOWN - It appears Woolworths is not taking strain after a number of its stores were the target of protesters in the Western Cape.

Demonstrators are said to have been detained in Blue Route Mall yesterday after Woolworths management alerted authorities of the public disturbance.

Civil Rights organisations, union groups and the ANC Youth League joined the National Day of Action to condemn the retailer's continue stocking of Israeli products.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa's Tasneen Essop says the retailer over reacted.

"Claims by Woolworths that activists have been abusive towards staff and consumers are completely unfounded. All of our protest actions are non-violent and peaceful."

Woolworths has refused to comment, except to say the police monitored yesterday's protests and took the appropriate action.

The company did not press any charges.

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