DRC Protesters attack South African Consulate

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Protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have attacked South African-owned stores, in reprisal for attacks on foreigners in Johannesburg.

A campaign group had held a demonstration outside the consulate in Lubumbashi, southeastern DR Congo, but it spiralled out of control and protestors began to smash the windows of the South African consulate building..

They also attacked and looted a store owned by the South African retail group MRP before police intervened, injuring one or two protestors.

The campaign group Lucha has now tweeted its disapproval, saying “You do not condemn violence by violence! We call on the police to stop the looters, without using excessive/legal force.”

Attacks broke out in and around Johannesburg this week, leaving seven dead and dozens of shops destroyed, mostly foreign-owned. More than 350 people have been arrested.

Foreign workers are often victims of anti-immigrant sentiment in South Africa, where they compete against locals for jobs, particularly in low-skilled industries.

The violence has led to angry demonstrations in Nigeria and expressions of concern in countries around southern Africa, many of whom have citizens working in South Africa, the continent’s biggest economy.

 




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