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Danny Glover joins protesters in South Africa

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May 30, 2013 | 12:38pm EDT

Actor Danny Glover has jetted to South Africa to join protesters campaigning for higher wages. The activist and Lethal Weapon star recently teamed with bosses at the United Automobile Workers' Union of America in their mission to allow employees of a Japanese car manufacturing plant to form a labour union in Canton, Mississippi. And to garner international support and publicity for the cause, Glover took to the streets of Johannesburg with members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union on Thursday (30May13) to demand a salary increase for administrative workers in South Africa. He told the crowd of demonstrators, "I'm here on behalf of all the workers in Mississippi. We are all supporting each other, we must stand together." During his trip to the country, Glover also met with President Jacob Zuma and thanked him for his nation's hospitality. The veteran starred in a Broadway production of South African playwright Athol Fugard's Master Harold... and the Boys, and he says, "The life of South Africa has been part of my life. The history of South Africa has been part of my life more than the majority of my life as a young student; as someone involved in the anti-apartheid movement in the early '70s to someone who used the platform of the incredible work of the great South African playwright Athol Fugard to manifest and build my career. So there's always a good relationship that I have with this extraordinary country."

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