South Africa Turmoil in the Streets

A protest march is halted, but Botha is unable to stop an economic slide

Spreading like a brush fire out of control, the violence that has racked South Africa for the past two months last week engulfed areas that had previously been relatively untouched. Outside Cape Town, police and soldiers brutally smashed an effort by antiapartheid forces to hold a mass protest march. The police used shotguns, rubber bullets, whips and tear gas, and were assaulted in turn by rocks, bottles and homemade gasoline bombs. Angry mobs blocked main highways with barricades of burning tires, mattresses and even barbed wire. At least 32 people were killed in the week's disturbances, most of them by police...

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