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South African police fire tear gas to disperse anti-immigrant protesters
February 24, 2017 / 9:46 AM / 7 months ago

South African police fire tear gas to disperse anti-immigrant protesters

PRETORIA, Feb 24 (Reuters) - South African police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of citizens and non-nationals marching in the capital on Friday, following looting this week of stores believed to belong to immigrants.

Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from citizens and getting involved in crime. (Reporting by TJ Strydom; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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