MAHATMA GANDHI HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION has organized a manifestation in support of migrants, victim of xenophobic attacks in South-Africa.
WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU MONDAY 27 APRIL IN BLAHA LUJZA AT 12 AM.
SOUTH AFRICA: WHEN MISCONCEPTION
LEADS TO VIOLENCE
Since more than two weeks migrants
are under the attacks of xenophobic groups.
The events begun the last month in
Durban after that the Zulu leader Goodwill Zwelithin asked to ”foreign to pack
their bags and go home”.
After that armed groups
attacked immigrants shops forcing hundreds of people to leave their home and
find shelters in provisional structures carried out by voluntary associations.
Migrants, which majority is
composed by asylum seekers and refugees, are accused to steal the job to
South-African people and to be responsible of the economic crisis and the
increasing level of criminality.
Right now 7 people have
been killed and more than 5,000 are displaced. Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi
are organizing programs for the return of their citizens, while in different
countries of Africa, including Nigeria, protests and reprisals against south-Africans
the Scapegoating for high unemployment and inequality in migrants is nothing
new. In 2008, 62 people were killed in xenophobic violence across Johannesburg's township. In
January this year, six people died as looters rampaged through Soweto Township.
What we ask to the South-African government
is to cease the violence and to ensure to migrants protection and assistance.
Violence is grounded on fake information about
migrants and their role in the society. Campaigns for reducing prejudices and
misconceptions are thus strongly required