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uth African Police fire tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets.
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ying to disperse rival protesters in Pretoria, as groups of citizens and non-nationals faced off in the streets on Friday. Some brandishing machetes, rocks, and sticks.
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We will not fight. We are not here to fight, but we are ready to protect our purpose.
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ti immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa, against a backdrop of almost record unemployment. Reuters' correspondent, TJ Strydom, says foreigners are being accused of stealing jobs and causing crime.>> Foreign nationals say they're here to make a living, and some of them complained that they are simply the victims of crime and looting.
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Where South Africans, again, point finger saying that foreign nationals are responsible, alleging they're responsible for drug trafficking and prostitution in a country with a very high crime rate.>> That was the reason given by a group who looted at least 20 small businesses believed to be owned by Nigerian and Pakistani immigrants in an area of West Pretoria earlier this week.
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In retaliation, Nigerian protesters attacked and vandalized the head office of South African mobile phone giant MTN in Abuja on Thursday, prompting South Africa's Home Affairs Minister to appeal for calm.>> We expect that ambassadors would also appeal to their nationals to respect the laws of the countries in which they live.
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>> A call that appears to have, so far, fallen on deaf ears. Another chapter in the volatile relationship between South Africa and Nigeria, the continent's two largest economic and diplomatic powers.