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South Africans march against xenophobia

by Claire Ceruti, Johannesburg
Issue No. 2103

The march in Johannesburg (Pic: http://southafrica.indymedia.org» Indymedia South Africa )

The march in Johannesburg (Pic: » Indymedia South Africa)


Thousands of immigrants, township activists, trade unionists and others took over the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, last Saturday, carrying placards such as “Xenophobia hurts like apartheid” and “Zimbabwe is my neighbour”.

The protest, initiated by the Anti-Privatisation Forum, is the first step in defying the fear that has arisen after a wave of brutal attacks on immigrants across some of the poorest areas of South Africa, causing more than 50 deaths.

Huge cheers went up from the balconies as the march passed through Hillbrow, a densely populated area where many immigrants live. The march also stopped at the Central Methodist church, which was a refuge for thousands of Zimbabweans and was raided by police two months ago.


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International
Tue 27 May 2008, 18:52 BST
Issue No. 2103
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