Tuesday, July 22, 2008
South African police have forcefully removed hundreds of immigrants from temporary shelters where they had taken refuge from xenophobic attacks
Authorities say the immigrants, who were taken to a repatriation center in Johannesburg, had not registered with the home affairs department. More than 60 immigrants were killed and tens of thousands more fled during the attacks against foreigners in May 2008. Some immigrants chanted "human rights for refugees" as they were driven away from the Glenanda temporary center by dozens of riot police. The immigrants taken from the camp, where about 2,000 people were sheltering, included women and children. They now face deportation.