SA consulate, shops attacked in DRC

Protesters attacked and looted a store owned by the South African retail group MRP before police intervened.

Protesters attacked and looted a store owned by the South African retail group MRP before police intervened.

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LUBUMBASHI, DR Congo - Protestors smashed the windows of the South African consulate in DR Congo's second-largest city and attacked South African-owned stores, in reprisal for attacks on foreigners in Johannesburg.

A demonstration called by a campaign group outside the consulate in Lubumbashi, southeastern DR Congo, spiralled out of control and protesters smashed the building's windows.

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

The campaign group Lucha tweeted its disapproval.

"You do not condemn violence by violence! We call on the police to stop the looters, without using excessive/legal force," it said.

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.            

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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.

Source
AFP

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