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South Africans protest against the upcoming visit of President Obama to the country

The President of the Unites States of America, Barrack Obama, is scheduled to begin a three-day visit to South Africa this coming Wednesday June 26th, during which he will be awarded an honorary PhD degree by the University of Johannesburg at its Soweto campus. However, the announcement of his visit has generated protests from a section of South Africans and from several organisations. The protestors accuse him of having violated human rights through the military campaigns conducted by the US military and its western allies in countries such as Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also blamed of indirectly participating in the death of hundreds of Syrians by sending money and arms to Syrian armed rebel groups which are fighting to overthrow the government of President Bashar Assaad. The Student Representative Council of the University of Johannesburg started the protests on Friday with the slogan: No, you cannot honour him, he is guilty of human rights violations. More influential South African organisations such as the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Cosatu, and the Young Communist League who are taking part in the protests issued a statement at the weekend saying the US foreign policy should be condemned for militarising international relations in favour of multinational companies and their profit-seeking classes and for the involvement of US military operations in scores of countries across the world. Early this month, the Muslim Lawyers’ Association in Johannesburg called for the arrest and prosecution of Mr. Obama as soon as he lands in South Africa. The group submitted a document to the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions asking him to investigate the use of American drones in dropping bombs on innocent populations in the Middle East.


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