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Streets of Rage

Johannesburg—Displaced people who fled anti-immigrant violence in the country’s financial hub and eastern coastal cities gather April 19 at a camp set up by the government. At least eight people have been killed, 150 have been arrested, and more than 1,000 displaced in the past few weeks as xenophobic violence swept through the nation. Mobs wielding machetes targeted foreigners and torched foreign-owned businesses. With unemployment at 25 percent, some South Africans blame migrants for taking their jobs. In response to the unrest, President Jacob Zuma canceled a trip to Indonesia, and Home Minister Malusi Gigaba promised the government would do more to bring a swift end to “all acts that seek to plunge our country into anarchy.”
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