Photo Essay: Anatomy of a South African Riot

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Oppressed groups of South Africans have a distinguished history of protest.  One tradition that has developed is "toyi toyi," a former war dance which was used to intimidate apartheid troops.  It includes stomping feet and spontaneous chanting of political slogans and songs.  It is a sign of strength in the face of impossible circumstances.  The tradition continues in Riemvasmaak.

Oppressed groups of South Africans have a distinguished history of protest. One tradition that has developed is “toyi toyi,” a former war dance which was used to intimidate apartheid troops. It includes stomping feet and spontaneous chanting of political slogans and songs. It is a sign of strength in the face of impossible circumstances. The tradition continues in Riemvasmaak.

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