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    Violent clashes between police and coloured demonstrators have continued in central Cape Town in South Africa.

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    Violent clashes between police and coloured demonstrators have continued in central Cape Town in South Africa.

    SYNOPSIS: The violence spread to Cape Town last week after a series of confrontations between police and black demonstrators in several black townships. Thousands of coloured demonstrators and a few blacks gathered in the city centre on Friday (3 September) to protest against the South African government's policy of separate racial development. The rioting happened on the day the South African Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, was leaving for Switzerland for talks with United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, about the future of southern Africa.

    Police fired shotguns, hurled tear gas and staged baton charges to beat back the crowds of coloured youths. For the second successive day the prosperous, white-run shopping and business centre of Cape Town was transformed into a battleground of tear gas shells, smashed glass and barricades.

    According to unofficial counts, four people have died in the violence. Police said they shot dead two coloured men in townships near Cape Town on Thursday. In Friday's clashes, police opened fire with shotguns to disperse the demonstrators and unofficial reports said three youths were wounded, one fatally. Pedestrians, shoppers, shopkeepers and office workers in nearby high rise buildings were also affected by the violence, with many being overcome by tear gas fumes.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2B58VR10C39XRA1WF762D6JS1
    Media URN:
    VLVA2B58VR10C39XRA1WF762D6JS1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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