Rabaa protesters removed from Mandela memorial

Protestors displayed the Rabaa sign at Nelson Mandela's memorial service

Rabaa protesters removed from Mandela memorial

World Bulletin / News Desk

South African police confirmed on Tuesday that they had removed a group of "foreign protesters" who had displayed the now-famous "Rabaa" sign during late South African president Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

"There were no arrests. The protestors were just removed from the stadium," South African National Police spokesman Solomon Makgale told Anadolu Agency.

As keynote speakers delivered speeches in honor of South Africa's departed liberation icon, several attendees – some of them wearing bright yellow Rabaa t-shirts – could be seen directly behind the stage waving a banner bearing the bright yellow Rabaa sign.

The four-finger Rabaa salute commemorates hundreds of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi killed in mid-August when Egyptian police violently dispersed two sit-ins in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

Event organizers at one point could be seen ushering those carrying the Rabaa sign out of the area.

Makgale said he was aware that a handful of "foreign" protestors had been escorted out of the stadium for "unruly behavior."

The police spokesman could not, however, say how many protestors had been involved in the incident or who they were.

"We will compile a report on unruly behavior after the memorial," he said.

During the live television broadcast of the event, the pro-Rabaa protestors had hid behind the banner, making it impossible to see their faces.

A policeman at the stadium, who asked not to be named, said he saw four or five people being led away.

Last Mod: 11 Aralık 2013, 10:43
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