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South African riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds of black demonstrators as about 40,000 black students across the nation boycotted classes. Police said they used the weapons in Welkom and nearby Wesselsbron, 160 miles southwest of Johannesburg, after patrols were stoned. More than 200 blacks have died in more than a year of sporadic rioting that began in disputes over black education and spread over general resentment of apartheid.

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