WATCH: Surfers in city of Cape Town protest against lockdown regulations
According to a poster on the protest, the protest was planned to start at 8 am until 8.30 am. A number of surfers gathered at the Surfers Corner in Cape Town on Tuesday protesting for the right to be allowed to surf.
In various videos on social media, the surfers can be seen standing side by side in protest for President Cyril Ramaphosa to relax some laws, especially ones excluding surfing as a form of exercise.
In what has been labelled the Back in the water national peace protest, surfer Ashlin from Muizenberg said she wanted the president to consider allowing surfers to surf during the lockdown, arguing that the sport was a form of exercise.
Although she did not confirm a prior request for a gathering, she said a WhatsApp message circulated where she saw that people would protest at surfers corner in Muizenberg on Tuesday morning during the exercise window.
According to a poster on the protest, the protest was planned to start at 8 am and last until 8.30am.
Paddlers, surfers and the like want surfing to be considered a form of exercise and be allowed to get back into the ocean.
Police responded to the area, urging some locals to keep moving as standing still was not permitted. Some people were seen being arrested by police for not walking or jogging.
Live update from the famous Surfer’s Corner in Muizenberg, Cape Town:
This is one site where a “National Peaceful Protest” to be permitted to #GetBackInTheWater is expected.
— MURRAY WILLIAMS (@NoSurrenderRSA) May 5, 2020
Muizenberg Surfers’ Corner today. The Keystone Cops are out in force again hunting for surfers. pic.twitter.com/5Kmsu1fBLm
— Polythene Pam (@kanniekaknie) May 5, 2020
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