Flames of hatred and xenophobia

Another two weeks of violence that have, at the time of writing, cost
the lives of at least 56 people and displaced thousands of foreigners
erupted after a community meeting attended by some 200 people in
Alexandra, just north of Johannesburg on Sunday, the 11th of May 2008.
These unemployed people, bored and facing an uncertain future, accused
foreign nationals of invading their rainbow nation and taking jobs that
they are supposedly entitled to. "The hate they carry in their hearts is
like simmering pot [sic] -- it can boil over at any moment and spread
all over. That is what happened after that meeting".

Foreigners are, of course, also blamed for the ridiculous crime rate
prevalent in South Africa.

Graphic summary of events here.


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