South Africa Barricades in a Black Township

The crackdown on rent strikers brings more bloodshed to Soweto

Even in South Africa, a country that has become almost numbed to racial violence, it was a night to remember -- or to try to forget. In Soweto, the sprawling African township (pop. 2 million) outside Johannesburg, three Land Rovers full of police pulled up to a burning roadblock constructed of garbage cans, tires, logs and scrap metal. Along the barricade stood a crowd of angry youths. Some Sowetans claim that the trouble actually started two hours earlier, when police broke up a meeting called to discuss the threatened eviction of people who were refusing to pay their rent. The government,...

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