Minneapolis’ ‘long, hot summer’ of ’67 – and the parallels to today’s protests over police brutality

7 June 2020, 7:24 AM
The scene was intense. Black residents of Minneapolis angered over an incident of police brutality fought with officers in the streets and set buildings ablaze. Many were injured; dozens were arrested. Eventually the National Guard, called in to patrol the streets, ordered black citizens back into their homes. This may sound a lot like a scene from the past week, but it’s actually a flashback to 1967, when African Americans took to the streets of north Minneapolis after a series of abuses that, like today, culminated in days of unrest.
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Tom Moyani
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A cement delivery truck was burnt by angry protesters against corruption and poor service delivery in South Africa.
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The DA's Federal Executive Council revoked Patricia de Lille's membership on Tuesday morning.
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Strikers in town.
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Michael Komape
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teacher and pupils in classroom
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Makhosi Khoza
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