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Premier at Embassy Fabius Stages Paris Protest of Execution
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Oct 19, 1985
Start Page: 21
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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Premier Laurent Fabius drove to the South African Embassy on Friday and stood outside its door for a minute in a silent and conspicuous protest against the execution of black poet Benjamin Moloisi in Pretoria for his part in the 1982 murder of a black policeman.

The official protests were in step with the recent policies of the Socialist government of [Francois Mitterrand] and Fabius. In July, France recalled its ambassador and suspended all new investment in South Africa to protest the imposition of a state of emergency there. Those measures, which reversed a long French tradition of opposing sanctions, were the most stringent taken by any Western country against South Africa.

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