Tanzania: Battle of the Minis

In Dar es Salaam's sprawling Kariakoo market, a screaming mob halted buses and dragged off African girls wearing tight dresses or miniskirts. The girls were beaten and some had their clothes ripped off. With fine impartiality, the mob also beat up youths wearing tight-fitting satiny pants. It was "cultural revolution," African style.

As an unabashed admirer of Mao Tsetung, President Julius Nyerere has decreed that Tanzania shall copy Mao's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, with its rejection of all things foreign. As their first order of revolutionary business, Nyerere's "green guards" (so called...