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Man faces charge for DC rally violence

’Mantoetse Maama

MASERU — Police on Thursday arrested a 33-year-old man who was found smashing windows of a car during the political violence that engulfed Ha Thetsane on Thursday.
The man, whose name was not disclosed as he was still to appear in court, is expected to face charges of malicious damage to property.
Acting police spokesperson, Kabelo Halahala, said the man was handed over to the police by members of the Lesotho Defence Force who caught him in the act.
Halahala said 10 people were injured during the clashes between Democratic Congress (DC) members and opposition party supporters.
Three police officers were also injured during the skirmishes.
The victims were stoned and beaten with sticks while the officers were assaulted as they tried to control the unruly mob.
The injured were rushed to hospital where they were treated as out-patients.
Halahala said police were informed that a group of people wearing All Basotho Convention, Lesotho Workers’ Party and the Lesotho Congress for Democracy T-shirts attacked the DC supporters who had gathered at the rally.
“We are still investigating which group started the fight,” he said.
“When police are policing a rally they don’t go there heavily armed because the purpose of going there is just to monitor the situation because there are many people.”

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