INTRODUCTION Three black students were injured in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday (27 April) after police opened fire on demonstrators in the township of Soweto.
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Background: INTRODUCTION Three black students were injured in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday (27 April) after police opened fire on demonstrators in the township of Soweto. The demonstrators were protesting against rent increases.
SYNOPSIS: About 2,000 black people, mainly students, gathered for the protest. The trouble began after the announcement last week of rent increases of up to 80 per cent. This would mean a Soweto dweller must pay between 16 and 24 dollars rent a month, a large proportion of their income.
The demonstrators angry about the increase were marching to the lead quarters of the Urban Bantu Council building where local black leaders were discussing the increases with white administrators. Windows were broken by bottles and stones and a tractor and a beer hall set on fire. But the crowd lagan to break up when the police arrived.
Eye witnesses said that at one stage police fired warning shots over a group of demonstrators and used teargas in an attempt to disperse them. The three students that were hit were taken to hospital with flesh wounds. One police officer was also treated for head wounds after demonstrators stoned a police patrol.
Soweto Police Chief Brigadier Jan Vissor said that he did not know of any arrests, but that armed police were still patrolling, the area. He trouble had been reported from other black townships. Last June black demonstrators in Soweto, home of more than a million South African blacks, began a wave of street violence in the country that left 500 people dead.