Hundreds protest Obama visit

Pretoria – Activists from various groups marched to the US embassy in Pretoria on Friday, protesting against President Barack Obama.

The protest started at the Caledonian Stadium in Pretoria, where hundreds gathered singing and chanting slogans denouncing Obama ahead of his official visit to South Africa.

One activist, on a truck mounted with a public address system, led the songs and slogans.

He shouted: "Free Palestine. Free Swaziland. Free Zimbabwe. Down Obama, down!"

A large banner with Obama's face had the words: "Meet the world's top assassin".

Many protesters wore black hoods.

Others were dressed in Young Communist League red regalia.

Placards at the stadium read: "No, you can't Obama".

AFP reported that the US president flew from Senegal to South Africa on Friday to pay homage to his hero Nelson Mandela, after a visit largely overshadowed by Madiba’s fading health.

Many local and international journalists, who were camped outside the nearby Medi-Clinic Heart hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is being treated, rushed to the stadium.

As the group passed close to the hospital, they shouted messages of support for the ailing anti-apartheid icon.

Six police vehicles, including a Nyala, escorted the lively protesters.

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