Angry mob attacks Swakopmund police officers

Angry mob attacks Swakopmund police officers

An angry mob attacked police officers and vandalised the Mondesa Police Station at Swakopmund Friday evening.
Hundreds of residents allegedly followed the police officers to the station after the arrest of a home owner who hosted a large party at his house in Omulondo Street.
A report issued by the police indicates that security cluster members received a complaint about the large gathering and they went to respond.
Upon arrival of the officers, people were allegedly warned to leave the place because they do not stay at the house but they refused.
The home owner was reportedly approached to keep his guests in order but he allegedly refused and instead assaulted one of the officers.
He was arrested and taken to the police station but a group described to be "very drunk and angry" allegedly followed the arresting team to the police station.
The police say the mob entered the station's backyard and vowed not to move until the home owner is released.
Some were reportedly shouting slogans such as "we are tired of the lockdown, the president said we must get houses but we are not getting houses".
They allegedly started throwing stones at the officers and damaged most of the windows of the police station including the administration block as well as an impounded car.
The security cluster fired warning shots in the air to disperse the crowd and no injuries to the protesters were reported.
Three officers sustained minor injuries.
The Special Reserve Force arrived from Walvis Bay at around 01h00 to assist the officers on the scene.
Sixteen people have been arrested and the situation has returned to normal.
The suspects, who are expected to appear in court on Monday, have been charged with assault on police officers and the contravention of the state of emergency regulations.
The investigation continues and more arrests and charges are expected.