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Africans in Peking Hit Racial Bias

Associated Press

About 200 African students marched through Peking and staged a rally outside the Education Ministry today to protest what they view as racial discrimination by Chinese.

China has allowed foreigners to demonstrate on causes with which the government sympathizes, but the street march was the first in recent memory to criticize Chinese.

The Africans walked about six miles from the Peking Languages Institute to the ministry, where they stayed about two hours. They disbanded after a proclamation was read in front of the ministry demanding better security for the students.

The protest followed an incident in the eastern port city of Tianjin last month in which a group of foreign students, mostly Africans, were attacked by several hundred Chinese angered by loud music from a party celebrating African Liberation Day. Both Chinese and foreign students were injured in the fighting.

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