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Blacks hold funeral for eight victims of riots With Black Boycott

March 17, 1985

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ Some 2,000 blacks singing hymns marched through the muddy streets of the Crossroads squatter camp Saturday at memorial services for eight victims of anti-government riots.

The dead included two infants, one two-weeks-old and the other six-months- old , who suffocated from tear gas fumes fired by police to disperse rioters during three days of violence that started Feb. 18.

″It’s painful to die with your offspring,″ said Sam Langa, a leader of the squatters at the camp, named for a nearby highway intersection.

The service was peaceful and orderly, almost a month after 18 people were killed and 230 injured in battles with police over plans to move the settlers to a government-built housing project.

A week later, the government said some of the squatters would be allowed to stay at Crossroads. Thousands of blacks over the years have built shack homes in the area because it is close to jobs in white Cape Town.

Crossroads residents said the housing project was five miles farther away from job centers.

Under the white-minority government’s racial separation laws, areas are specified where whites, blacks and people of mixed race may live.

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