TWO people injured and hospitalised after police opened fire on protester’s and students outside UJ in Soweto, yesterday afternoon. Following Obama’s arrival in the country masses of people flocked outside the Town hall meeting to protest Obama’s visit to the country.
Protester’s objected to issues surrounding the war in Afghanistan and issues around global warming and the US not signing the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
Witnesses at the scene tweet about what they saw happen between protester’s and the police. Tasneem Essop, the secretary for the Wits SRC tweeted that within the crowd of protester’s was students, including Wits students.
Members of the public further express their concern and objection to the amount of money the South African government has spent to accommodate Obama into the country. SABC News reported that many people protested because of the US supporting Israel and the involvement of the US military in the war in Irag and Afghanistan. UJ students protested against the University awarding Obama with an honorary doctorate.
Yeah so the government recently spent R900 million on accommodating Barack Obama in this country..I do not know the purpose of his visit but I do know that an unbelievable amount of families could of been housed and fed with that money and even relieved of poverty..and the mere thought of it being spent on a president that I don’t see contributing significantly to our people, sickens me..
USA President Barack Obama’s first visit to South Africa has received a lot of outcry over the past few days. Several labour unions, political movements and civil society bodies will stage protests and pickets during Obama’s two-day official visit. Some University of Johannesburg students will also protest against UJ’s decision to award Obama an honorary doctorate. The anti-Obama protests are aimed at Washington’s support for Israel and the US military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Jacob Zuma said government would not stop planned mass protests against Obama’s visit this weekend.
What do you make of Obama’s visit to SA? (Comments to be broadcast on SABC News)