South Africans Stage Demonstration Against Obama Visit

Created: 2013-07-01 09:41 EST


Crowds of civilians in South Africa gathered near the University of Cape Town on Sunday to protest against U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the country.

The protesters gathered at the university gate before the arrival of Obama, who was scheduled to make a speech at 6:00 PM local time. A common sentiment among the protestors echoed messages like "the country does not welcome Obama" as they accuse him of violating human rights. Police officers were deployed to maintain calm and order in and around the university.

[Eduard Grebe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow]:
"We are protesting (against) the Obama administration (for its) human rights' abuses, including the killing of civilians."

Obama arrived in South Africa on Friday, accompanied by his wife Michelle and daughters for a three-day official visit to the country. South Africa is the second leg of his African tour that started in Senegal and will end in Tanzania.