Clergymen attacked at S.African church sheltering foreigners

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Published November 16, 2019, 10:33 AM

By Agence France-Presse

A South African Anglican archbishop and several others were injured Friday in scuffles at a Cape Town church where hundreds of foreigners had sought shelter, officials said.

More than 200 foreigners have been occupying the church after being removed from a UN office (AFP Photo/David Harrison/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, was among a group of clergymen and human rights officials who were trying to address the foreigners, many of whom claim to be asylum-seekers.

More than 200 of them have been occupying a Methodist church in Cape Town after police removed them from the local offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where they had been staging a sit-in.

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