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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:26 PM

South African police drag man to death

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On video: SAfrican police drag man, who later dies
By RAF CASER

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- They bound his hands to the rear of a van, and then sped off, dragging the slender taxi driver along the pavement as a crowd of onlookers shouted in dismay. The man was later found dead.

A gut-wrenching video of the scene is all the more disturbing because the men who abused the Mozambican immigrant were uniformed South African police officers and the van was a marked police vehicle.

The graphic scenes of the victim struggling for his life shocked a nation long accustomed to reports of police violence.

"The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing and unacceptable. No human being should be treated in that manner," said South African President Jacob Zuma.

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Reply South African police drag man to death (Original post)
jsr Feb 2013 OP
Cooley Hurd Feb 2013 #1
Smilo Feb 2013 #2
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #3
Demoiselle Feb 2013 #4
Cooley Hurd Feb 2013 #5
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #6
lapislzi Feb 2013 #7
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #8

Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:35 PM

1. Shades of Biko

SA Police are almost as dangerous as the LAPD.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:36 PM

2. A new low for SA

another country where racism is still alive and well.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:48 PM

3. Unbearable. Beyond evil. n/t

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:49 PM

4. This happened in the United States a few years ago.

I haven't got time right now to track it down, but I remember being horrified by the news.

















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Response to Demoiselle (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:51 PM

5. Thinking of James Byrd?

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:24 PM

6. This was so blatant and brazen. Uniformed cops in front of crowds of people.

Why did they think they could get away with it? Because they can?

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:42 PM

7. There is a great deal of anti-immigrant sentiment in South Africa

It faces pressures from Mozambique and Zimbabwe, two ruined countries on its borders. South Africa is not much better off economically, but it is still seen as a haven by refugees from failed states. Too many people competing for severely limited resources.

Add to this ongoing tensions between tribal groups that have never really been resolved. I noted that one of the bystanders was shouting in Zulu. If the murdered Mozambican man was a Zulu (very likely) and the arresting officers Tswana, Sotho, or other group with a history of antagonism towards Zulu, this would not be especially surprising. (Does not make it any less horrifying; I could only watch a few seconds of video before being sick to my stomach).

These tensions were historically exploited very successfully by the white apartheid government.

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Response to lapislzi (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:23 PM

8. Thank you for adding some information.

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