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protestNews24 reports that at least three tractors and two citrus storehouses have been destroyed as protest action by hundreds of citrus farmworkers in the Addo area, in the Eastern Cape, turned violent.  

The workers have been protesting since last week over wages and poor living standards, and have frequently barricaded roads.  On Tuesday evening, a group of about 200 workers blocked the route R336 extension leading to Moses Mabhida area, in Kirkwood, with stones and burning tyres.  The situation has resulted in the SA National Parks warning tourists not to travel through Addo when visiting the Addo National Park, where the shop and restaurant had been closed as staff were being intimidated and stopped from attending work.  Police spokesperson Sergeant Majola Nkholi confirmed that at least one orchard store had been set alight and three tractors had also been torched on Tuesday evening.  At least one other warehouse was set alight on Wednesday.  Three suspects have been arrested.  Nkholi said the situation was very tense, with a number of breakaway groups trying to gain access to orchards and warehouses.  Firefighters battled to contain a number of fires that flared up and prevent them from spreading to the citrus orchards, as protesters set packing crates alight in the fields.

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