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In South Africa, a protest against foreigners turns violent. Why was it allowed to go ahead?

In South Africa, a protest against foreigners turns violent. Why was it allowed to go ahead?

South African authorities are under fire for allowing an anti-immigrant “march of hatred” to go ahead in Pretoria Friday, just days after a series of violent attacks against Somalis, Nigerians and other foreigners.

The results were predictable: Police arrested 136 people, many of them protesters and looters armed with clubs, sticks, pipes and rocks. Migrants, terrified of being attacked, armed themselves with sticks and clubs too.

Police averted a violent confrontation between the two groups at a Pretoria intersection, dispersing both sides using rubber bullets. At another location, tear gas and water cannons were also used.

South Africa, where...

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