Protesters loot shops in Grahamstown

22 October 2015 - 16:59 By Matthew Savides In Grahamstown


Police fired flash bangs during running battles with protesters in the Grahamstown city centre today‚ as they tried to prevent shops being looted. The protests were not linked to the ongoing #FeesMustFall action.Instead‚ according to police‚ it comes amid allegations that a serial killer‚ who is allegedly a foreign national‚ was harvesting body parts -- a claim denied by police.VIDEO | Over eighty suspects have been arrested for looting in Grahamstown https://t.co/Wv9wIyS05g— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) October 22, 2015asyncThe clashes come a day after foreign-owned shops in the Joza township area were looted. Yesterday‚ the looting took place in Beaufort Street near the town centre.Heavily armed police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd‚ while also forming a human barricade between the group and many shops. However‚ this did not prevent some looting taking place.Station commissioner Colonel Vivian Thembani said police would continue to monitor the situation to prevent any further clashes.

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