Activists claim strike victory

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JOHANNESBURG - The ANC yesterday claimed a 'resounding victory' against white rule after a two-day general strike by millions of blacks, but the South African government said the protest had fuelled violence.

UN monitors of the unrest appealed for restraint during mass occupations of cities planned for today, saying it was difficult to determine whether any of the 34 killings since the start of the strike were linked to the protest.

The ANC counted at least 27 people killed in incidents it linked to its mass action campaign to oust the government, and police reported 34 known dead since Monday morning.