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Police monitor Ottery protests after shacks demolished

A group of people are protesting after shacks they'd illegally erected were demolished.

A group of people took to the streets in Ottery, Cape Town, on 25 March 2019 to protest after their shacks, which were illegally erected, were demolished. Picture: Zain Johnson/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Authorities are monitoring demonstrators in the Lotus River and Ottery area.

Aggrieved residents started protesting after their illegally erected shacks were demolished on Monday.

The smell of torched tyres and rubble lingered in the air. Protesters continue to set fire to tyres with police in hot pursuit to douse the flames.

Police and traffic officers are diverting traffic away from the corner of Ottery and Strandfontein Road.

It's unclear if any arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, police are also on the scene of a demonstration believed to be over housing in Sir Lowry's Pass Village.

Cape Town traffic service's Richard Coleman said: "Roads are closed and they are affecting the N2, due to the tyres and rubble."

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