Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Postpone trips to UK - SA govt

Postpone trips to UK - SA govt
2011-08-10 13:02

Johannesburg - South Africans planning to travel to London should postpone their trips, the international relations and co-operation department said on Wednesday, amid violent riots which have gripped the British capital.

"Given the prevailing conditions in that country, we advise South Africans who can delay or postpone their trips to consider doing so," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

The South African High Commission in Britain is also ready to assist South Africans who require assistance in that country.

"Government continues to monitor the situation and developments in the UK," Monyela said.

The riots, described as the worst in decades, entered a fifth day on Wednesday.

Scotland Yard said 768 people have been arrested and 111 police officers have been injured so far, according to AFP.

Those needing assistance can contact the department's consular section for information and updates on 012 351 1000.

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Tripoli - The regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday called for British Prime Minister David Cameron to step down, saying he had "lost all legitimacy" because of the riots shaking Britain.

"Cameron and his government must leave after the popular uprising against them and the violent repression of peaceful demonstrations by police," official news agency Jana quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaaim as saying.

"Cameron and his government have lost all legitimacy," he said.

"These demonstrations show that the British people reject this government which is trying to impose itself through force."

Kaaim called on the UN "Security Council and the international community to not stay with its arms crossed in the face of the flagrant violation of the rights of the British people".

Nightly riots which began in London and quickly spread to other major cities have gripped Britain since Saturday when an angry crowd marched to demand justice after 29-year-old Marc Duggan was shot dead by police in London.

Britain and France are spearheading Nato's aerial bombing campaign against the Gaddafi regime since March, when the United Nations approved action to protect Libyan civilians.


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