Zambia anti-xenophobia protests force malls to shut

Students from the University of Zambia have taken to the streets of the Zambian capital, Lusaka, to protest against attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.

Hundreds gathered on campus and marched to the East Park shopping mall and targeted South African-owned businesses.

They then went to the Mandahill shopping mall and other similar business centres.

At least three malls in Lusaka have been shut in the process.

The protests have been largely peaceful though some shops have been looted.

Other groups of students marched to the South African High Commission in Lusaka and State House, President Edgar Lungu’s residence.

The president, who has condemned the violence in South Africa, has issued a statement criticising the “lawlessness” of the students.

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