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Jeff Wicks 08 April 10:33 AM

Riot police used a water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades to force back foreign nationals who defied an order not to march in Durban on Wednesday. Watch.

Earlier, over 300 foreign nationals gathered at Curries Fountain in central Durban to march to Durban’s city hall after a recent spate of xenophobic attacks. They were initially due to march before Easter, before police postponed it.

eThekwini metro police spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Msomi said the group had applied for permission to march on Wednesday, and it had been granted.

After they had gathered, police cancelled the march, citing an imminent threat to the group.

The irate marchers gathered in the street, however their path was blocked by about 30 riot police who opened their water cannons and used teargas as the group progressed towards them.

The situation is tense and police have given the marchers an order to disperse.

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