[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Xenophobia reparations demand
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Sun Jun 8 05:47:53 BST 2008
Xenophobia victims want SA to pay up
June 08, 2008 Edition 2
MAPUTO: Thousands of people marched through Mozambique's capital,
Maputo, yesterday to urge that their government demand South Africa pay
compensation to Mozambican victims of a recent spate of xenophobic attacks.
At least 62 people were killed and hundreds injured in the
anti-immigrant violence that swept through poor communities across South
Africa last month.
At least 23 Mozambicans were among the victims, most of whom were Africans.
Human rights activist Alice Mabota, who was among the approximately 1
000 demonstrators, said, "Mozambique's government must activate
mechanisms with the South African authorities to have our compatriots
rapidly compensated and the authors of the heinous acts brought to justice."
Carrying banners with slogans such as "xenophobia is selfishness" and
"down with intolerance and hatred", the demonstrators assembled in
Maputo's Independence Square.
Protesters pointed out that Mozambicans, who fled the violence in their
thousands - many returning home with the help of their government - had
been staunch allies of South Africans during apartheid. - Sapa-dpa
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