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June 16 uprising: how a massacre in South Africa led to Africa’s boycott of the 1976 Olympics

June 16 uprising: how a massacre in South Africa led to Africa’s boycott of the 1976 Olympics

AS the world prepares for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, can we maintain faith in the nonpolitical ethos of the event? The Montreal Olympics Games in 1976 stands out, among others, as a clear instance of the games being used for political ends. In 1976 Montreal became only the second French-speaking city to host the event since Paris in 1924 and security issues were high on the agenda. Just four years earlier the Munich games had witnessed the tragedy of the execution of the Israeli delegation by the Palestinian Black September commando. But apart from the withdrawal of Taiwan under…
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Mali denies carrying out massacre

Mali denies carrying out massacre

The Malian government has denied allegations the army carried out mass summary executions of civilians in the centre of the country earlier in March. Its statement follows the U.N. peacekeeping mission's decision on Friday to investigate the killing of dozens of people in the rural commune of Diabaly. A video circulating on social media this week showed dozens of badly-burned bodies that were blindfolded and had their hands bound together. Some of them appeared to have holes in the back of their heads. An official in central Mali, who asked not to be named, said the bodies were found on…
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Lagos State rejects findings of ‘massacre’ of protesters

Lagos State rejects findings of ‘massacre’ of protesters

LIBBY GEORGE NIGERIA’S Lagos State rejected findings by a judicial panel that security forces carried out a "massacre" of unarmed protesters last year, maintaining that only one person suffered a gunshot wound, according to a paper issued by the government this week. The judicial panel, which submitted its full report last month, was tasked with investigating October 2020 shootings that ended weeks of nationwide protests over police brutality and sparked the worst civil unrest in Nigeria since its return to civilian rule. A leaked copy of the report said the army fired live rounds at peaceful protesters in a "massacre"…
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U.N. says Mali army chief left village unprotected before massacre

U.N. says Mali army chief left village unprotected before massacre

THE former head of Mali's armed forces left the village of Ogossagou unprotected earlier this year despite numerous warnings of an imminent massacre in which 35 people died, according to a United Nations report. The incident highlights a failure by Mali's security forces to protect civilians that is undermining efforts to halt spiralling ethnic and jihadist violence in West Africa's Sahel region, it said. In February, army chief Keba Sangare allowed a military unit tasked with protecting Ogossagou in central Mali to withdraw despite repeated telephone calls and messages about a likely attack, according to the report seen by Reuters…
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New Zealand shooter emotionless as victims’ families address sentencing hearing

New Zealand shooter emotionless as victims’ families address sentencing hearing

PRAVEEN MENON A white supremacist who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand last year watched without emotion on Monday as relatives of his victims recounted the horror of a massacre which prosecutors said he carefully planned to cause maximum carnage. Australian national Brenton Tarrant, 29, has pleaded guilty to 51 murders, 40 attempted murders and one charge of committing a terrorist act during the shooting rampage in the city of Christchurch which he live-streamed on Facebook. He could be the first person in New Zealand to receive a term of life in prison without parole, when a…
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Amnesty reports massacre in Ethiopia’s Tigray as conflict rages

Amnesty reports massacre in Ethiopia’s Tigray as conflict rages

GIULIA PARAVICINI SCORES and possibly hundreds of labourers were stabbed and hacked to death in Ethiopia's Tigray region, rights group Amnesty International has said, as federal troops claimed major advances in their offensive against local forces. "This is a horrific tragedy," Amnesty said in a statement, citing witnesses as blaming local rulers, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), for the killings, which it said took place two days ago. Earlier, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had accused his foes of committing atrocities during a week of fighting that threatened to destabilise the Horn of Africa. Abiy said the Ethiopia military…
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Both sides claim gains in Ethiopia war, Tigrayans accused of massacre

Both sides claim gains in Ethiopia war, Tigrayans accused of massacre

ETHIOPIA’S state-appointed rights watchdog accused a Tigrayan youth group on Tuesday of killing hundreds of civilians as federal and local forces both claimed advances in a three-week war in the country's mountainous north. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government said enemy soldiers were surrendering as it advanced towards the regional capital, but the Tigrayans reported they were resisting and had destroyed a prestigious army division. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission published findings into a November 9 attack in Mai Kadra in southwest Tigray - first reported by Amnesty International - where it said a youth group called Samri killed at least…
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