A few weeks ago I wrote that civil protests in Japan are meek compared to Africa, and that protesters should learn to toyi-toyi in order to be bigger, noisier and more effective. That toyi-toyi reference was an attempt at humour, but I should've known that flippant comments about Africa have a tragic tendency to come true. "Protests aren't pretty, and in Africa they often end in bloodshed," I said. Today I read this:
"More than 30 people were killed in clashes between police and striking miners at a South African mine on Thursday, the police minister has said. The Lonmin-owned platinum mine has been at the centre of a violent pay dispute, exacerbated by tensions between two rival trade unions. The incident was one of the bloodiest police operations since apartheid."