Police Use Teargas On Disgruntled World Cup Workers

South African police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of workers protesting over pay in the early hours of Monday outside the stadium where Germany had just trounced Australia in their World Cup opener.

Riot police sporting body amour, helmets and guns chased stewards who had earlier been responsible for the security of 62,660 fans from the new Moses Mabhida stadium. One woman was hit by a rubber bullet. She lay outside the stadium for nearly an hour before an ambulance took her away.

“We were mounting a peaceful protest because they were not paying us what we expected and we were surprised that the police started charging at us. They fired teargas at us,” said one of the workers, Sydney Nzoli.

Police blasted teargas as the disgruntled staff, bricks and rocks in hand, rampaged down a Durban highway. Scores of police corralled the protesters before they reached the city center. After a tense standoff, the workers dispersed.

REUTERS

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