SOUTH AFRICA THE BOOT COMES DOWN Emergency rule declared amid unrest and outrage

South African folklore contains proud tales of ''going into the laager.'' During the 19th century, Afrikaner settlers under attack would form their wagons into a circle, set up a line of defense and then bravely fight off the fierce black tribesmen. Last week the South African government went into a new kind of laager. At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, thousands of gun-toting police and troops rumbled out of their stations and barracks in the armored personnel carriers that are today's covered wagons. By the time dawn broke, authorities had rousted out of bed and taken into custody hundreds of antiapartheid activists, and...

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