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Police arrest, beat protesting youth at Parley

SHARE   |   Monday, 08 August 2016   |   By Staff Writer
Youth masses invade parliament decrying lack of employment by the gorvenment Youth masses invade parliament decrying lack of employment by the gorvenment

On a dramatic Monday afternoon members of the unemployment movement protested in front of Parliament, seeking to raise alarm about their plight. At the end some were arrested while others beaten by the police. “As a sign of defiance to the police job seekers are now holding hands and praying for jobs and seeking police protection. Botswana Police riot squadron is watching,” reported Phillimon Mmeso, The Patriot on Sunday political reporter who covered the event. The MP for Gaborone Central Dr Phenyo Butale advised job seekers movement to pen down a petition which he will present to Parliament. Butale's intervention came after the anti-riot police advised them to disperse as they did not have permission to gather in front of Parliament. The movement, which is mainly made up of unemployed graduates, wants government to address their plight. At the time of going to press, Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) had refused to comment on the demonstration.



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