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Dozens protest against eviction in Woodstock

Twenty-eight families to leave their homes because private property developers have bought the properties.

Dozens of people protested outside the old Biscuit Mill Shopping Centre against the eviction of 28 families from Woodstock. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Dozens of people are protesting outside the old Biscuit Mill Shopping Centre this afternoon against the eviction of 28 families from Woodstock.

The families who live in Bromwell Street have been joined by civil society group "reclaim the city" and other activists in a demonstration against the proposed development of the area.

The families have more than a week left to remain in their homes according to an eviction notice from private property developers who have bought the properties.

Dozens of locals have joined the families in their protest to the Old Biscuit Mill, a high-end retail development that has already invested in the area.

Although security officials at the Biscuit Mill tried to keep the gates closed to keep protesters out, the group managed to get in through another entrance which several protesters effectively cleared by sitting on the ground.

One resident, standing in the middle of the group, appealed to visitors at the mill to take notice of the plight of the families who face eviction

"Displacement is not on, those years are gone, apartheid is gone."

Some Visitors at the Mill have stopped their shopping to listen to the protesters.