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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Police and soldiers clash


War between SAPS and SANDF


By Graeme Hosken - Pretoria News

Bloodshed erupted on Pretoria's streets outside the Union Buildings as police and protesting army soldiers openly clashed in running street battles.

Wednesday's violence was sparked after more than 3 000 soldiers, who stormed past mobile police barricades setup through out the city to try and contain the demonstrators, broke open a gate leading onto the laws of the seat of government.

Armed with sledgehammers, pangas, knopkieries, knives and other handmade weapons, soldiers under the banner of the South African National Defence Union and South African Security Forces Union taunted police daring the to stop them as they swarmed through the gate.

Police from the National Intervention Unit, Diplomatic Unit, Air Wing, Public Order Policing Unit and from nearly all of Pretoria's police stations having given soldiers an order to disperse threw stungrenades before they opened fire with rubber bullets.

Source: www.pretorianews.co.za

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