'There will be blood': Xenophobia in S Africa routine and lethal


Sleeping was not an option for Syed in early September last year.

For three days and night, the Bangladeshi shop owner in central Johannesburg said he had to stand guard to protect his store during an outbreak of xenophobic violence that saw rioters throw stones and other objects at him and other businesspeople in the area.

Syed said the shopkeepers had called the police but they showed up only on the third day. By then, more than 1,000 Bangladeshi shops were looted, he added.

His account is one of the dozens included in a report released on Thursday by the Human Rights Watch (HRW),…



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