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    At least 20 blacks have been killed in townships near Capetown, South Africa on Monday (27 December) in clashes between young militants and migrant workers.

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    At least 20 blacks have been killed in townships near Capetown, South Africa on Monday (27 December) in clashes between young militants and migrant workers.

    SYNOPSIS: The violence started with a demand by black militants to cancel Christmas in townships all over South Africa. The anti-apartheid militants said Christmas should be a time of mourning for blacks killed or detained during the past six months of unrest.

    In most townships the militants demands were ignored and Christmas was celebrated as normal. But in the Guguletu and Nyanga townships near Capetown they took a harder line. It's believed the trouble started when the militants attacked a migrant workers hostel. The workers retaliated by setting fire to houses -- and at least 90 were reported gutted and 100 more damaged.

    Hundreds of residents of the townships are said to have fled their homes to avoid being involved in the fighting between the rival groups. Residents streamed out of the two townships in trucks and cars laden with furniture, bedding and other belongings.

    Many families without transport walked out of the troubled areas, carrying what belongings they could. Many sought safety in churches in nearby Langa town-ship which was relatively quiet.

    Apart from the damage to property, police said at least 20 people were killed in the fighting and scores more injured, many seriously. Riot police fired tear gas to disperse the feuding factions and sealed off roads to the townships.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA30Y5BETJT3WEOPAGN13W9TWM3
    Media URN:
    VLVA30Y5BETJT3WEOPAGN13W9TWM3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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