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South Africans slam US ‘plunder’ and ‘atrocities’ as Obama arrives

“No You Can’t!” was the cry as hundreds of South Africans marched on the US Embassy in the capital city of Pretoria Friday in protest of visiting United States President Barack Obama.

“Their administration’s government is not welcome, and is being received with antagonism,” said campaign coordinator Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

Demonstrators were organizing to raise public awareness about the gross human rights violations being committed by the Obama administration, including the proliferation of drone warfare and the treatment and indefinite detention of prisoners at Guantanamo.

In a statement released ahead of the visit, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) denounced the Administration’s “horrifying record of foreign policy in the world,” citing the “militarization of international relations for the multinational companies and their profit-seeking classes in the US,” and the presence of AFRICOM and other Special Operations forces, “which are largely responsible for the destabilization of various countries and communities.”

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