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Union clashes with opposition party during march in South Africa

Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

A policeman keeps watch as angry COSATU supporters chant slogans during a march by the Democratic Alliance (DA) South Africa's main opposition party in Johannesburg, May 15. The march by South Africa's main opposition party on the headquarters of leading union federation COSATU descended into chaos on Tuesday, with police firing tear gas to disperse crowds of rock-throwing protesters.

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An injured opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) supporter is helped by fellow members after being hit by a stone during their protest march against the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) for opposing the youth wage subsidy in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday May 15. An opposition party march in Johannesburg turned violent Tuesday after union supporters hurled rocks at the leader of South Africa's main opposition party.

About 1,000 members of the opposition Democratic Alliance marched through downtown Johannesburg in support of a government plan to subsidize the wages of young people in a bid to ease chronic unemployment among the unskilled youth.The group was met by angry COSATU (trade union coalition) members who blocked the streets, sparking a violent confrontation that had to be broken up by police. 

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