Police Brutality

South African police officers back in court over taxi driver's death

Mourners gesture during a memorial service of 27-year-old taxi driver Mido Macia in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg. Photo: Reuters

Nine South African policemen appeared in court on Friday accused of dragging a Mozambican immigrant behind their police van and then brutally beating him to death.

Friday, 8 March, 2013, 7:15pm

South Africa police in court over death of man dragged behind police van

Residents protest the death of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia outside a local police station, in Daveyton, near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday. Photo: AP

Eight South African police officers will appear in court on Monday charged with the murder of a Mozambican man they dragged to custody behind a police van.

The eight officers are expected to apply for bail in a preliminary hearing, when they will be formally charged with the murder of 27-year old Mido Macia.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:59pm

Eight South African police officers arrested over taxi driver's death

A still from a video made available by The Daily Sun shows Mido Macia, 27, a taxi driver and Mozambican national, as he is dragged behind a police van while police officers watch, in Johannesburg. Photo: EPA

Eight South African policeman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after dragging a man from the back of a police vehicle through a busy Johannesburg street, a government watchdog said on Friday.

2 Mar 2013 - 2:56am

Forced evictions grew more violent, resulted in 21 deaths last year

Forced evictions grew more violent, resulted in 21 deaths last year

Citing incomplete information, the Civil Rights and Livelihood organisation has documented a large number of forced evictions which took place during 2012.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:13pm

Police clash with thousands of rioters in south China

Police clashed with thousands of rioters on Friday in Dongxing, Guangxi Province. Photo: Screenshot from Sina Weibo

Police in a south China city bordering Vietnam clashed with thousands of rioters who were protesting excessive brutality meted out to a suspected smuggler, the government and a rights group said.

8 Dec 2012 - 1:41pm

Police bike photo triggers fierce debate on internet

An increasingly fierce debate is raging online about a photograph of a police motorcycle festooned with July 1 march banners and handbills which has become a symbol of Sunday's protest.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Haimen enters fourth day of confrontation

Tension continued to escalate in Haimen, Guangdong, yesterday with more than 6,000 villagers opposed to construction of a power plant shouting slogans and holding banners in a fourth day of confrontation with riot police near the Shenzhen-Shantou highway.

The offciers responded with volleys of tear gas.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Free speech requires constant vigilance

In the lead-up to the handover, there were fears that Asia's finest would become more like corrupt mainland public security forces. More than a decade later, the danger is actually that they may be behaving more like police in the US with their extensive powers, propensity for violence and threat to civil liberties.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Shanghai protesters want cash back

Hundreds of homeowners marched through the streets of Shanghai yesterday, demanding refunds on properties they bought in a complex where an unfinished building collapsed late last month.

Carrying handwritten signs spelling out their demands, they advanced through Renmin Square, in the heart of the city, chanting: 'Lotus Riverside, refund [our] homes!'

5 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Rights activist warns of police 'dirty tricks' over July 1 march

Organisers of the annual July 1 pro-democracy march warned the police yesterday against any tightening of controls on the demonstration, expressing concerns that the upcoming Olympics and the visit of a state leader could lead to crackdowns.

28 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Sex workers' complaints jump

The number of sex workers' complaints against police abuse doubled to 364 last year, an advocacy group said yesterday.

Zi Teng said the rise, partly attributed to increased awareness about the rights of sex workers, showed a need for more training for police officers to eliminate bias against sex workers.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

'An ultimatum was finally delivered, with an official warning: if you don't leave, we will remove you'

Students had already erected two tents inside the grounds when I arrived at the Central Government Offices at 10pm.

At least 400 supporters, kept at bay by police outside the main gate, kept up a chorus of chanting. 'Open the gate. Open the gate', they shouted while demanding that Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa receive their petition.

3 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Another warning over illegal protest

Police have warned student protesters for the second time in less than two weeks for planning unauthorised demonstrations.

11 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Demonstrators safe to rally

There are occasional complaints over excessive use of force by Hong Kong police but demonstrators continue to be free to protest on issues of sensitivity in the mainland, the report said.

28 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Protesters in hospital after police beating

Four state workers were put in hospital by baton-wielding police officers after angry employees blocked a railway line.

At least six others were also hurt as more than 100 officers forced 500 workers off the line at Laopingju station in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, said the Information Centre of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China.

3 Nov 1998 - 12:00am