World Summit On Sustainable Development Opens in South Africa, and Police Attack Protesters

August 26, 2002

The World Summit on Sustainable Development opened today in Johannesburg. Over 65,000 people have gathered for the largest United Nations meeting ever. President Bush has declined to attend.

Already, the event has been marred by police violence against protesters. On Saturday, police fired concussion grenades to halt a peaceful march led by South Africa’s Anti-Privatization Forum. Eyewitnesses report at least two women were hospitalized after the police attack. Last Wednesday, police also arrested 70 members of the South African landless people’s movement.


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