Refugees camping in Pretoria removed

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Police in South Africa’s administrative capital of Pretoria have started removing refugees who had camped outside the office of UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

On Wednesday, a court order was granted instructing the 300 refugees camping there since 7 October, to vacate the area within three days.

A local journalist has been tweeting about the police operation:

The refugees have been demanding to be sent to other countries because they fear xenophobic violence in South Africa.

South Africa Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told parliament that the refugees had refused to be taken to their countries of origin.

“They don’t want to go there, they want to go to another country and that is Canada, nothing more or less,” the minister said.

Source: BBC News

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