Police fire rubber bullets at protesting Freedom Park residents

The demonstration started early on Monday morning and several roads have been barricaded with burning tyres and rocks.

Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Police have fired rubber bullets at a group of protesters in the south of Johannesburg where a protest is underway around Freedom Park, Lenasia and Eldorado Park.

The demonstration started early on Monday morning and several roads have been barricaded with burning tyres and rocks.

One of the protester says the protest is over access to land.

“Municipal land that was occupied by the backyard dwellers from Freedom Park, those people were forcefully and violently removed by Metro Police three weeks back.”

Motorists have been urged to avoid the area.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says: “I’m not aware of any injuries but police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd that are blocking the road, and they also reported a car burning on the N12 but police are there trying to calm the situation.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)